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Reducing nutrients from entering Roebuck Bay

[February 2014]

Broome’s Roebuck Bay Working Group (RBWG) is commencing a new project focused on reducing nutrients from entering Ramsar listed Roebuck Bay.

The award-winning RBWG has received further funding from Rangelands NRM through Caring for Our Country (CfOC).

RBWG Project manager, Kandy Curran said the funds will allow the RBWG to continue its work in Broome and surrounds to educate the community about the impact of seepage into groundwater and surface water run-off into stormwater drains and ultimately the Bay.

“The project includes analysis of Broome soils to determine best practice fertiliser use, stencilling of drain inlets with high profile community members to spread the message about stormwater runoff, delivery of Keep Our Bay Clean fridge magnets to households with septics to reduce wastewater seepage or overflow,” Ms Curran said.

A Coastal Garden book and film will also be produced that will include rainwater trapping information, a list of plants to grow that don’t require fertiliser and bay friendly designs for coastal gardens and verges.

In an effort to ignite the interest of a growing audience, RBWG aims to grow its Facebook following this year using clever infographics, films and photo stories.

“Reaching a wider audience will allow local global community to gain insights into the extraordinary wildlife that exists in the bay, and the issues that can impact locally and globally,” Ms Curran said.

For more information, contact Kandy Curran by email. Visit the RBWG Facebook page.

Photo: Broome Primary students have been helping to Keep Roebuck Bay Clean by painting stencils on footpaths next to drains in their school and in œOld Broome. © Kandy Curran