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Draft Plans open for public comment

Three draft plans that will help determine how our local wetlands and waterways are managed into the future are now available for public comment.

The three plans will guide future management actions to improve waterway health and water quality in the Lower Vasse River, Toby Inlet and the Vasse Wonnerup wetlands.

The City of Busselton has led the development of the Lower Vasse River and Toby Inlet waterway management plans. Environment Officer Robyn Paice says the development of these plans has been a collaborative process over the past three years that has involved considerable input from the community, scientists and managers of the waterways.

“We are encouraging the community to have their say on the plans so that they can help shape the future management of these iconic water assets” said Robyn.

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions has led development of the Vasse Wonnerup Operational Plan. Planning Officer Grace Patorniti says “Community feedback on the draft operational plan is important because it helps shape how the conservation, cultural and social values of this area of local and international importance is managed”.

The Vasse Wonnerup wetlands Collaboration group and Toby Inlet Community Advisory Group were central to the development of the plans and critical in defining the management objectives to guide future management of these locally and internationally important waterways, wetlands and estuaries.

The plans are part of the Revitalising Geographe Waterways program and have been informed by the extensive science program undertaken over the last three years.

To view and given feedback on the waterway management plans for the Lower Vasse River and Toby Inlet, visit the City of Busselton ‘Your Say’ portal https://yoursay.busselton.wa.gov.au/waterways.

To view and given feedback on the operational plan for the Vasse Wonnerup wetlands, visit the Revitalising Geographe Waterways website https://rgw.dwer.wa.gov.au/vasse-wonnerup-wetland/

Submissions for the Lower Vasse River and Toby Inlet Plans close on 27 February and the Vasse Wonnerup Plan on 22 March 2019. Submissions will be reviewed and will contribute to the development of the final plans, due for completion in June 2019.

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