Helping hand for Hill River

Here in the Northern Agricultural Region we are surrounded with great opportunities to get involved in citizen science projects.

One of the most exciting opportunities has to be estuary monitoring. Why wouldn’t you want to cruise up the river and give it a health check at the same time?

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The NACC Healthy Estuary Program has now been expanded to include Hill River and we are looking for community members to join us as estuary monitoring volunteers.

As an estuary monitor you will have an active part in ensuring the health of Hill River estuary. Training and equipment is provided by NACC and Department of Water (DoW) staff. Enjoy the beautiful Hill River and share the experience with like-minded people in your community.

Data collected is recorded in DoW’s Water Information Network (WIN) to inform estuary management decisions and the wider community.

How you can get involved

A training workshop will be held in Jurien Bay on Friday 11 November which will highlight the importance of monitoring and best-practise techniques to conduct monitoring and include a presentation on Traditional Ecological Knowledge of the Hill River system from a Yued representative.

Coastal and Marine Project Officer Hamish Longbottom said: “If you’ve been looking for an exciting and rewarding volunteer opportunity then you need to get involved.”

A practical session at Hill River will follow where volunteers will learn how to use water monitoring equipment at different sites on the river.

“Volunteering is a great way of meeting people making a difference in your local community” Hamish says.

Interested in becoming an Estuary Monitoring Volunteer on Hill River? Contact NACC Coastal and Marine Project Officer Hamish Longbottom 9652 0872 or [email protected] to book your place at the workshop or for more information.

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