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Nature Conservation Margaret River Region and the Shire of Augusta Margaret River have jointly released a Draft Margaret River Protection Strategy for a period of community comment until Friday 12 October.
The Draft Margaret River Protection Strategy provides an over aching blueprint for protecting the ecological health of the Margaret River into the future. Nature Conservation and the Shire have partnered on the development of the Draft Strategy supported by the recently formed Margaret River Collaborative Management Group including local Wadandi custodians and a raft of government agencies with responsibility for management of the river.
Margaret River Project Officer, Genevieve Hanran Smith said, ‘the strategy has been developed to support coordinated and collaborative management of the Margaret River, its tributaries and associated remnant native vegetation. The aim is to protect water quality and biodiversity, and manage human impacts.’
‘Once the Draft Strategy has the support of the community, the Collaborative Management Group will work towards prioritising and implementing the many actions recommended in the report. This will take some time and resources, but we believe it will give the river its best chance of staying healthy and resilient,’ said Ms Hanran Smith.
Nature Conservation has recently secured State NRM Program funding to support the Margaret River Collaborative Group commence implementation of the actions in the Draft Margaret River Protection Strategy over the coming 18 months. The Group will report to the community on progress against the actions in the Protection Strategy on an annual basis.
Augusta Margaret River Shire CEO, Gary Evershed commented that ‘the Draft Strategy demonstrates a truly collaborative approach to managing one of our most treasured assets. This is the first time all the players have been around the table and working together for the future of the river. I look forward to seeing the results of this collaborative approach benefit our local community and environment’.
Nature Conservation urges members of the Margaret River community to read the Draft Strategy and provide their comments over the coming weeks.
Interested community members can provide comments on the Draft Strategy by Friday 12 October 2018. Comments should be forwarded to [email protected]