Middle Blackwood

Blackwood overview map

The middle Blackwood Basin is located to the east of the town of Nannup, east through the lower part of the Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup and the upper part of the Shire of  Bridgetown-Greenbushes and further east to the boundary of the Shire of Boyup Brook. It corresponds with the Blackwood Basin Group’s landcare zone three.  The townsites of Bridgetown, Greenbushes and Boyup Brook are located within the middle Basin. The vegetation of the middle basin is more fragmented than that of the lower Basin but is still much less cleared than that of the upper Basin. Clearing within the middle Basin increases in the Shire of Boyup Brook. Approximately 26% of the middle Basin is within conservation estate.


Lifestyles Lifestyles

The Blackwood Basin, as a whole, has a population of just over 37,000 people (2004). Approximately 26% of the middle Basin is designated State Forest or conservation estate. Approximately 60% of the area is cleared and used for predominantly rural land-uses. The only settlements in the area is Bridgetown, Greenbushes and Boyup Brook.  Read more.



The Blackwood River runs through the middle Basin with a number of tributaries leading into it including Carbanup Brook and Dinninup Brook. Approximately 26% of the middle Blackwood basin is within State Forest or conservation estate. The condition of the waterways within the middle Basin vary from good condition to poor condition due to the effects of salinity in the upper reaches of the Blackwood River and its tributaries located within the upper Basin.  Read more.

                       Livelihoods Livelihoods

The Blackwood Basin’s economy as a whole is based mainly on agricultural production, with around 80% of the region devoted to it. The region has significant timber and mineral resources also. The middle Blackwood Basin, along with the lower Basin, is known for it’s high tourism values, with approximately 380,000 tourists visiting each year. 60% of the middle Blackwood Basin has been cleared for predominantly rural land-uses. Read more.


Climate change and the catchment

Workshops were conducted across the SW NRM Region between March to June 2014 and explored how community members and NRM professionals define their catchment; what changes they have noticed; and how they believe a changing climate will affect their lifestyles, livelihoods and the landscapes they live in. The full report can be found here. Through the discussions of the workshops, changes to the systems beyond climate change were raised and included in the visual representations found here. It was important to capture the discussion of the whole system and its values.


G3303-SWCC-ClipboardIcon.jpgWho’s on the ground?

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