Document Type

Report

Publication Date

2-2012

Series Number

372

Keywords

Palusplain, land use, small holdings, agriculture

Abstract

The purpose of this project was to identify agricultural land use options and opportunities within the Serpentine–Jarrahdale and Murray Shires, with particular focus on the Palusplain wetland section. The report will contribute to the Department of Planning’s natural resource management plan for the region and guide development of regional and local planning strategies. Historically, the Palusplain was a slowly moving, interconnected, seasonal wetland system with areas of higher ground. Extensive clearing and drainage occurred in the late 1800s through to the mid-1900s to facilitate agriculture; however, agriculture has been found to be a major contributor of nutrients to the system. The area is now under pressure from urban and rural lifestyle development. This report provides a spatial element to assist in identifying areas deemed suitable for continued agriculture