We have been successful with a funding application from Streamlining & GeoCatch a local water catchment group to fence one side of our winter stream, with a 2nd application to GeoCatch that has now provided more funding to help towards fencing the remaining 3 sides of the project.
This project started in early 2000, ...more. Replacement value is $100,000 - 120,000 and hundreds of man hours by the owners a husband & wife team with no other help. They have turned the property into a "Conservation Sanctuary" and hopefully open to the general public and take guided tours to visit the re-stocked native fauna population. Guided night time tours will become a reality when fauna re-stocking and numbers rise.
Funding has been applied to The Natural Heritage Trust to extend the fence from 1.6mts to 2.1 mts, which was rejected due to being on a boundary fence & run as a Family Trust. Now a company setup is in place to re-apply for federal grants.
Our 2005 WA Landcare Award came with a prize of $500 which will be spent on the fence to start to extend it upwards to a final height of 2.1mts. To help keep out feral cats as they love to climb...........but do not like hanging upside down whilst hanging onto an electric fence. They are also very reluctnent to take baits whereas foxes are more willing for a free feed.
2006 saw Yelverton Brook represent Western Australia in the national Landcare Awards in Melbourne. A notable acheivement as they were the only tourism business there!
2007 saw Yelverton Brook become the ONLY tourism business in Australia be a Fianlist in the Australian Banksia Environmental Awards......