Sustainable Horticulture in the Peel-Harvey Coastal Catchment
Horticulture is an important part of the Peel-Harvey Coastal Catchment – economically, socially and environmentally.
To support future horticultural development which protects the Peel-Harvey Estuary, a number of initiatives are underway.
These initiatives currently focus on annual horticulture (e.g. vegetable gardens), perennial horticulture (e.g. citrus), and viticulture (e.g. wine grapes).
The initiatives include a Guide for Investors and Growers, a Model Local Planning Policy for Local Governments and the release of updated Soil-Landscape Mapping for the Peel-Harvey Coastal Catchment.
A Guide for Investors and Growers – Horticulture in the Peel-Harvey
An information brochure is available to assist those considering or planning new horticultural ventures in the Peel-Harvey Catchment, or planning to expand or modify an existing operation. The brochure provides general information in regard to locating and planning new horticultural developments to ensure that both horticulture and the environment are protected.
A model local planning policy (LPP) for Local Governments of the Peel-Harvey Coastal Catchment
A model policy has been drafted for local governments to tailor and apply to their areas. The model LPP provides guidance to local governments and proponents to:
- Enable new horticultural developments to protect the water quality of the Peel-Harvey Catchment;
- Clarify the criteria and information used in the assessment of new horticultural proposals; and
- Guide local governments assessing proposals for new horticulture or giving advice to potential proponents.
Each local government will need to publicly advertise a draft policy (based on the model LPP) for public comment before final consideration and adoption.
The model policy consists of two parts: model policy text and Appendices. The appendices include information on the nutrient export risk and land capability for in-ground horticulture of different land units of the Peel-Harvey Coastal Catchment.
Soil-landscape mapping and land capability assessment are key to ensuring that horticulture is able to be managed within the limits of the environment and protect Catchment water quality.
The land units of the Peel-Harvey Coastal Catchment have been mapped and described by the Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia at a regional scale.
Each mapped land unit has been assessed for its capability to support annual horticulture, perennial horticulture and viticulture. Land capability assessments are a key aspect of determining land suitability for any given land use and are a key part of application of the Model local planning policy.
Soil-landscape mapping for the Peel-Harvey Coastal Catchment is provided in the maps and key below.
The table showing the nutrient export risk and land capability for each land unit is provided in the Appendices to the model Local Planning Policy above.
The mapping is made available courtesy of the Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia.
Peel Sustainable Agriculture Technical Working Group
These and other initiatives are supported by the Peel Sustainable Agriculture Technical Working Group, a collaborative group involving:
- Peel Development Commission
- Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia
- Department of Water
- Department of Planning
- Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale
- Shire of Murray
- Shire of Waroona
- Shire of Harvey
- Peel-Harvey Catchment Council
This project is supported by the Peel-Harvey Catchment Council
through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme