Our core mission is to inspire the sustainable community management of the Blackwood Basin’s resources for the benefit of current and future generations through co-ordination and education.
The Blackwood Basin Group is a non-profit, community-based organisation that coordinates environmental management within the Blackwood River Catchment. Formed in 1990 from community-led concern about the declining health of the Blackwood River, the BBG has since worked with 54 catchment groups, assisted over 500 farming families and delivered more than $16million of Landcare activities throughout this iconic river basin. We have a rich history of achievements for innovation in community-led action, and faced many challenges along the way to remain a Landcare leader.
The catchment is divided into nine Landcare Zones and the NRM (Natural Resource Management) activities undertaken in these Zones are coordinated by Natural Resource Management Officers (NRMOs) in direct collaboration with community groups and landholders.
The Blackwood River Basin is located in the south-west of Western Australia and covers approximately 23,500 square kilometres. The region has a Mediterranean climate, with cool, wet winters and hot, dry summers. Annual rainfall ranges throughout the basin from an average of 350mm in the upper catchment to 1400mm on the coast.
An estimated 78% of the catchment is devoted to agriculture and as a result, large amounts are cleared. This clearing has led to a number of serious environmental and social issues, particularly that of dryland salinity.
The aim of the BBG is to work with the community and landcare zones to manage these issues and to maintain a balance between environmental protection, cultural diversity and economic productivity in the Blackwood. For over two decades, the BBG has delivered over $16million of projects in partnership with local communities, industry and agency groups to improve the health of our iconic Blackwood River.
The BBG is the only Australian winner of the coveted Thiess International River Prize. As winners on the annual prize in 2001, the BBG gained valuable international recognition of its work to protect and rehabilitate the Blackwood River. We have also received many awards for recognition of our project work across WA and interstate.