'Managing your on-farm water' workshop information

‘Managing your on-farm water’ workshops were held in Esperance, Cranbrook and Williams on the 17th, 19th and 20th of September 2019. These workshop were delivered by South Coast NRM on behalf of the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), in partnership with the Gillamii Centre and Peel-Harvey Catchment Council.

Below are copies and links to the information presented at the workshops and further resources and reading.


GRDC Welcome

John Ruprecht – Western Land & Water Consulting – Surface Water Management

Henry Hamilton – PCT – Implementation of Surface Water Management

John Simons/Buddy Wheaton – DPIRD – Legalities


Land Drainage and the Soil and Land Conservation Act

This website has many useful resources related to water management including access to a Notice of Intent to Drain form


Rights in Water and Irrigation Act 1914


Water Management


Surface Water Management

https://www.agric.wa.gov.au/ water-erosion/surface-water-management

Review of Inland Drainage Research (2003 – 2015)

Prepared by GHD for Department of Water


GeoScience Australia – National Surface Water Information


Access to free elevation data


Follow the instructions on the website to download the required data. You can use QGIS (see below) to generate a contour map.

PLEASE NOTE: this data should only be used for broad level planning as it is unknown when the data was collected, how it has been interpolated and stitched together, and sometimes excludes information.

Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions – NatureMap – mapping Western Australia’s biodiversity


Free mapping resources – QGIS

https://qgis.org/en/site/forusers/download.html (this will give you options of downloads depending on your computers operating system)

https://www.qgis.org/en/site/ (official website to QGIS, this has an active community that assists new users via their forums)

https://docs.qgis.org/3.4/en/docs/training_manual/index.html (Official user manual)

Appropriate grass options for drainage

We recommend you consult with the attached document and contact Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development to talk to a pastures expert Esperance (08) 9083 1111, Albany (08) 9892 8444 or Narrogin (08) 9881 0222


General tips on species selection. Species selected for vegetation cover should be appropriate and able to endure the range of operating conditions:

    • form dense ground cover with few gaps;
    • not form clumps or barriers to water movement;
    • generally less than 20 cm tall;
    • self seeding; and
    • suit the soil, water conditions and climate.
Report card on sustainable natural resource use in agriculture in Western Australia


Agroforestry: realising the triple bottom line benefits of trees in the landscape


 Soil conservation earthworks design manual.


Water Use of trees and shrubs in Mediterranean Climates in Southern Australia_1998


These workshops have been made possible through investment by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) and South Coast NRM wish to thank them for their support.


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