Protect Walpole’s Water and Wilderness from Manuka threats

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ManukaLife wants to blanket-spray 550 acres of farming land in the Walpole area with the carcinogenic chemical Glyphosate, and then plant out a fence-to-fence monuculture of Manuka bushes. The plan is for this to occur in public drinking water supply catchments and in the catchment of the Frankland and Walpole Rivers, which flow into the incredibly diverse and highly valuable Walpole Nornalup Marine Park. 

The Walpole Biodiversity Protection Group is calling on the Water Corporation, which owns the land, to cancel arrangements with ManukaLife and make plans to protect these sensitive water catchments in the best interests of water quality and the local community. 

The proposal is likely to spread dieback, introduce weeds and have negative fire management implications in the Walpole Wilderness Area, as well as introducing a massive quantity of the carcinogenic chemical Glyphosate into our water systems.