Upper Blackwood

Blackwood overview map
The upper Blackwood Basin is located east of the Shire of Boyup Brook and includes significant parts of nine shires being the Shires of Kojonup, Katanning, Kent, Woodanilling, West Arthur, Wagin, Dumbleyung, Wickipin and Narrogin and very small parts of the Shires of Broomehill-Tambellup, Gnowangerup,  Kulin and Williams.  The Blackwood Basin Group breaks this region up into landcare zones four to nine. Townsites within the upper Basin range in sizes and include Narrogin, Wagin, Katanning, Dumbleyung, Kojonup and Kukerin. Extensive clearing has occurred within the upper Basin in the past through the development of the agricultural industry. As a result very little remnant vegetation remains.

Lifestyles Lifestyles

The Blackwood Basin, as a whole, has a population of just over 37,000 people (2004). Most of the upper Basin has been cleared of vegetation and is used for agricultural production.  Townsites range in sizes from the regional centre of Narrogin (population 4,219 in 2011) to small wheatbelt towns such as Toolibin (population 196 in 2011). Read more.



The upper reaches of the Blackwood River flow through the upper Basin area. Chains of wetlands and lakes occur naturally across the landscape in two locations, the northern chain, including Lake Toolibin and the southern chain, running from Dumbleyung to south of Wagin. The upper Blackwood Basin has been extensively cleared with only 16% of remnant vegetation remaining, of which only 3% is within conservation estate or Sate Forest.  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 80% devoted to agricultural production is made up of the upper Basin and a small portion of the middle and lower Basins. Agricultural production in the upper Basin includes sheep, beef cattle and grain farming.  Read more.

ClimateChangeClimate 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?

To find out about current and past projects and partners Read more.