Update on Wilson Inlet and sandbar opening protocol review

Media release
The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) and Wilson Inlet Catchment Committee (WICC) are hosting the annual Estuary Forum as a part of the State Government’s Healthy Estuaries WA program on Wednesday 17 November.

This year’s estuary update will be in two parts; an update on the health of the Inlet will be followed by an update on the review of the Wilson Inlet sandbar opening protocol. 

Brett Ward, South Coast Regional Manager with DWER, said that locals are welcome to attend the parts of the forum that interest them.  

“The first part of the evening is all about the estuary as a whole and the science understanding and on-ground work happening to protect it,” Mr Ward said.  

“We’ll be covering a wide range of topics, including getting an update on the water quality of the inlet, hearing from a farmer who is working with WICC to reduce their impact on waterways, and seeing simulated videos of water movement in the inlet based on the department’s hydrodynamic model. 

“From 7:30pm we’ll discuss progress with applying the updated understanding of the Inlet to the review of the Wilson Inlet Sandbar Opening Protocol. 

“In September we discussed the latest in that understanding with local interest groups to check that data we are using to inform management decisions aligns with regional knowledge. 

“We’re at the point where we’d like to talk to the wider community about the proposed approach to future bar-openings.” 

The estuary forum will be held at the Denmark Angling Club from 5:00-8:30pm on Wednesday 17 November. For more information and to register your attendance go to wicc.org.au/whats-on .

Page reviewed 25 October 2021