Walpole water

In June 2018 we partnered with Western Australian company ManukaLife to deliver a sharefarming project in Walpole. This project involves an area of our land within the water catchment being planted with Leptospermum scoparium, a species of tea tree, for honey production for medical, pharmaceutical, cosmetic and nutraceutical products. This meets our requirement to revegetate this portion of land which helps protect our water catchment.

Based on the feedback we received at a drop in session in August 2018 and due to wet weather conditions making it difficult to plant, we made the decision to pause the project .

The Federal Department assessed the initiative on matters of national environmental significance and in June 2019 Water Corporation undertook a modified approach to the sharefarming project, reducing the area being planted from 220 to 50 hectares, with just 10 hectares within the Drinking Water Catchment Protection Zone.

How can you get involved?

Thank you for sharing your views. The survey closed on 18 November 2018 .

You can download a PDF summary of the feedback via our documents library. Your feedback was considered as an important part of our planning for Walpole.

Although our survey has closed, you can still connect with us for future updates or send us questions to be answered privately by emailing community.engagement@watercorporation.com.au

Further updates about the consultation process and opportunities to have your say will be published as they are made available. By registering your details, you will stay informed and continue to input feedback as we progress. You can also leave a public comment or question below.

You can also leave a public comment or question below.

In June 2018 we partnered with Western Australian company ManukaLife to deliver a sharefarming project in Walpole. This project involves an area of our land within the water catchment being planted with Leptospermum scoparium, a species of tea tree, for honey production for medical, pharmaceutical, cosmetic and nutraceutical products. This meets our requirement to revegetate this portion of land which helps protect our water catchment.

Based on the feedback we received at a drop in session in August 2018 and due to wet weather conditions making it difficult to plant, we made the decision to pause the project .

The Federal Department assessed the initiative on matters of national environmental significance and in June 2019 Water Corporation undertook a modified approach to the sharefarming project, reducing the area being planted from 220 to 50 hectares, with just 10 hectares within the Drinking Water Catchment Protection Zone.

How can you get involved?

Thank you for sharing your views. The survey closed on 18 November 2018 .

You can download a PDF summary of the feedback via our documents library. Your feedback was considered as an important part of our planning for Walpole.

Although our survey has closed, you can still connect with us for future updates or send us questions to be answered privately by emailing community.engagement@watercorporation.com.au

Further updates about the consultation process and opportunities to have your say will be published as they are made available. By registering your details, you will stay informed and continue to input feedback as we progress. You can also leave a public comment or question below.

You can also leave a public comment or question below.

  • Four local Walpole groups benefit from unique grant

    10 days ago
    Walpole grants

    Collaboration between Water Corporation, a share-farm partner, the Shire of Manjimup and a group of enthusiastic local farmers has resulted in $6,000 being raised for the Walpole community.

    The opportunity arose when local farmers harvested hay growing on Water Corporation land in Walpole and a portion was sold to raise money for the community.


    “We thought re-investing the money back into the community was a great idea,” said Water Corporation’s Great Southern Regional Manager Adrian Stewart. “Once the Shire of Manjimup offered their existing grants process, we were able to channel the funds through their scheme for Walpole-based...

    Collaboration between Water Corporation, a share-farm partner, the Shire of Manjimup and a group of enthusiastic local farmers has resulted in $6,000 being raised for the Walpole community.

    The opportunity arose when local farmers harvested hay growing on Water Corporation land in Walpole and a portion was sold to raise money for the community.


    “We thought re-investing the money back into the community was a great idea,” said Water Corporation’s Great Southern Regional Manager Adrian Stewart. “Once the Shire of Manjimup offered their existing grants process, we were able to channel the funds through their scheme for Walpole-based applicants.”

    In October, the Shire of Manjimup announced three Walpole community groups plus a local school were successful applicants of the funding, which was divided into four equal parts of $1,500 each.

    Ficifolia Community Garden Inc. recived funding to go towards the upgrading of their stage area, while the Walpole Nornalup and District Historical Society Inc. has received a boost to their enterprise in the development, production and printing of local history books. The Walpole Sport and Recreation Centre will use their share to host a celebration event for the 21st birthday of the Centre, as well as ongoing running costs for the Centre.

    Walpole Primary School P&C also received a grant towards a new nature-based playground for the school. Principal Chris Cook said that while the $1,500 won’t quite cover the cost of the entire project, it would be a very good start.

    “We’ve been planning our new playground for a while, so the funding has come at a good time,” said Ms Cook.

    “One of our teachers, Lisa Teague-Robertson has been enthusatically driving the project and has some great ideas we look forward to putting in place, including a new rock bed with a water pump.”

    The ManukaLife share-farm project has progressed since the hay was harvested, with a section of land planted with tea trees in July this year. No more activity will occur now for around two years.

    Mr Stewart said Water Corporation would continue to carefully manage the remainder of the land within the catchment, to ensure the best possible water quality for the community.

    Anyone interested in further updates on ManukaLife in Walpole can find the latest information on the project page at:

    https://www.watercorporation.com.au/water-supply/ongoing-works/walpole-manukalife


    Photo caption: Oliver and Louis Bentick are keen to break ground on the new nature playground planned for Walpole Primary School.
  • Honey production to proceed following environmental approval

    5 months ago
    Walpole manukalife map

    The Water Corporation’s share farming initiative with ManukaLife in Walpole has been assessed by the Federal Department of the Environment and Energy (DoEE) and can proceed.

    The Federal Department assessed the initiative on matters of national environmental significance in relation to planting tea trees to produce the honey for medical, pharmaceutical, cosmetic and nutraceutical purposes.

    Following community and stakeholder feedback received prior to and public submissions during the environmental referral process, the share farming initiative will now begin on Water Corporation owned land.

    Tree planting for the first phase will be reduced from 220 to 50 hectares in total, which...

    The Water Corporation’s share farming initiative with ManukaLife in Walpole has been assessed by the Federal Department of the Environment and Energy (DoEE) and can proceed.

    The Federal Department assessed the initiative on matters of national environmental significance in relation to planting tea trees to produce the honey for medical, pharmaceutical, cosmetic and nutraceutical purposes.

    Following community and stakeholder feedback received prior to and public submissions during the environmental referral process, the share farming initiative will now begin on Water Corporation owned land.

    Tree planting for the first phase will be reduced from 220 to 50 hectares in total, which will mean less herbicide use and fewer bees.

    The project will now incorporate just 10 hectares of land within the drinking water catchment along with an additional 40 hectares outside the designated drinking water protection zone.

    The remaining 170 hectares of catchment will continue to be managed by Water Corporation to protect water quality for the community.

    Great Southern Regional Manager Adrian Stewart thanked everyone who took the time to provide input and feedback.

    We remain committed to revegetation and protection of our land in Walpole and will continue to listen to the community as we refine our vision for the future of the drinking water catchment.

    A link to DoEE’s assessment is available at http://epbcnotices.environment.gov.au/publicnoticesreferrals/

    (reference number 2019/8397)

  • Update on ManukaLife project and land management

    6 months ago

    Water Corporation and ManukaLife wish to advise the community that over the next few weeks weed control will take place on parcels of land in the Walpole area proposed for the future share farming initiative.

    A herbicide will be applied under strict conditions as per the Health (Pesticides) Regulations 2011.

    Weed control will be carried out by a licensed technician in accordance with the Department of Health’s best practice guidelines and safety procedures.

    The control of weeds will enable the land to be prepared in a staged approach for the proposed share farming initiative, which is currently progressing through...

    Water Corporation and ManukaLife wish to advise the community that over the next few weeks weed control will take place on parcels of land in the Walpole area proposed for the future share farming initiative.

    A herbicide will be applied under strict conditions as per the Health (Pesticides) Regulations 2011.

    Weed control will be carried out by a licensed technician in accordance with the Department of Health’s best practice guidelines and safety procedures.

    The control of weeds will enable the land to be prepared in a staged approach for the proposed share farming initiative, which is currently progressing through the Federal Department of Environment and Energy’s environment assessment and approval process.

    Tea trees will not be planted until the Federal assessment has been completed and the outcome is known.

    We thank everyone who has taken the time to provide input and feedback to date and we will continue to keep you updated at this page https://yoursay.watercorporation.com.au/walpolewater

  • ManukaLife project referred to the Federal Government

    8 months ago

    ManukaLife referred the project to the Federal Department of Environment and Energy for their assessment. The referral specifically addresses matters of national environmental significance (MNES) protected under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, including threatened species of black cockatoos.

    As part of this referral, the Water Corporation and ManukaLife have assessed potential impacts to MNES and outlined management and control measures.

    The assessment process includes a public comment period of 10 business days, which provides an opportunity for relevant stakeholders and members of the public to comment on the proposed action.

    If you would like to find...

    ManukaLife referred the project to the Federal Department of Environment and Energy for their assessment. The referral specifically addresses matters of national environmental significance (MNES) protected under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, including threatened species of black cockatoos.

    As part of this referral, the Water Corporation and ManukaLife have assessed potential impacts to MNES and outlined management and control measures.

    The assessment process includes a public comment period of 10 business days, which provides an opportunity for relevant stakeholders and members of the public to comment on the proposed action.

    If you would like to find out more information about the Department of Environment and Energy referral process please visit http://epbcnotices.environment.gov.au


  • Walpole gardeners get waterwise with the experts

    8 months ago
    Walpole garden resize

    More than 40 Walpole residents recently attended free 'hands on' waterwise garden workshops at the Community Resource Centre.

    Water Corporation Great Southern Regional Manager Adrian Stewart said the free workshops helped to provide advice to residents to help save water in their gardens.

    “A large amount of household water use occurs outside the home, so gardens are a great place to start when it comes to saving water,” Mr Stewart said.

    Gardening experts John Colwill and Garry Heady, from the Beyond Gardens Team, hosted the two workshops on behalf of the Water Corporation.

    The first workshop titled ‘Gardenwise Means Waterwise’...

    More than 40 Walpole residents recently attended free 'hands on' waterwise garden workshops at the Community Resource Centre.

    Water Corporation Great Southern Regional Manager Adrian Stewart said the free workshops helped to provide advice to residents to help save water in their gardens.

    “A large amount of household water use occurs outside the home, so gardens are a great place to start when it comes to saving water,” Mr Stewart said.

    Gardening experts John Colwill and Garry Heady, from the Beyond Gardens Team, hosted the two workshops on behalf of the Water Corporation.

    The first workshop titled ‘Gardenwise Means Waterwise’ covered many concepts including attracting nature back into the garden, how to reduce water, and nutrient use while saving money with great results.

    The second workshop ‘Home-grown Food’ covered secrets on how to increase the productivity of a food garden while still being waterwise.

    Mr Stewart said the workshops at the Community Resource Centre were important to demonstrate the importance of having water efficient gardens that not only flourish, but can still provide great home-grown produce.

    “It was encouraging to see so many local residents taking an interest in how to save water in the garden,” Mr Stewart said.

    Mr Stewart also reminded Walpole residents they can save more water by taking part in Water Corporation’s free shower head swap program.

    “Walpole residents can take up to two old showerheads, along with a recent Water Corporation bill, to the Walpole Community Resource Centre and swap them for new water efficient shower heads for free,” Mr Stewart said.

    Further details about how to save water are available on Water Corporation’s website watercorporation.com.au/save-water


  • Walpole online community survey dashboard results - November 2018

    12 months ago

    Thank you to all the people who shared their questions and views as part of the Walpole community engagement. You can download a PDF dashboard summary of the results from our documents library. We will continue to provide updates to the community.


    Thank you to all the people who shared their questions and views as part of the Walpole community engagement. You can download a PDF dashboard summary of the results from our documents library. We will continue to provide updates to the community.