Authors

Sarah Weaving

Publication Date

9-1998

Document Type

Report

Abstract

The Geographe Bay Catchment Atlas is one of a series of Natural Resource Atlases covering the agricultural region of Western Australia. The purpose of the Atlas is to provide data for people in local communities who manage or have an interest in natural resources. It is now realised that the various components of the land interact with each other and therefore need to be managed together. This Atlas is intended to present natural resource and land information in an accessible way to people of the area. It may act as a focus for catchment planning and provide a starting point to access other, more detailed information. In this way, it is hoped that this Atlas will contribute to long-term sustainability and the conservation of the unique natural resources of the Geographe Bay Catchment. The Geographe Bay Catchment is situated between Bunbury and Dunsborough and covers an area of about 2000 square kilometres. The catchment has a backdrop formed by the Darling Range, Whicher Range and Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge, overlooking the southern Swan Coastal Plain, wetlands, watercourses and the Bay. The Carbunup, Capel, Ludlow, Abba, Sabina, Vasse and Buayanuup Rivers drain the Geographe Bay Catchment. Within the Catchment approximately 63 per cent of the land is classed as rural land and about 30 per cent of land classed as Crown Land. The remainder comprises residential land and intensive agriculture (WRC 1977). Four Shires lie partly within the Geographe Bay Catchment. These are: Augusta-Margaret River, Busselton, Capel and Donnybrook-Balinup.

Number of Pages

98

Keywords

Geology, Natural history, Soils, Estuaries, Wetlands, Maps, Remnant vegetation, Geographe Bay Catchment (W.A.), Climate, Fauna, Rivers, Birds, Natural resources, Western Australia

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