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Plans to guide future waterway management released

Three final plans that will help determine how our local wetlands and waterways are managed into the future have been completed and are now available online.

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

Vasse Taskforce Chair and South West Region MLC Dr Sally Talbot says community input has been pivotal to the development of the plans.

“Input from the Vasse Wonnerup Wetlands Collaboration Group and Toby Inlet Community Advisory Group was central to the development of the plans” said Dr Talbot.

“Community consultation and feedback on the plans was invited and has helped inform the development of the objectives and management strategies”.

The City of Busselton led the development of the Lower Vasse River and Toby Inlet waterways management plans, and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions led development of the Vasse Wonnerup Operational Plan.

Dr Talbot says she is pleased that some of the key actions outlined in the plans can get started in 2019-20 with the recent announcement of a 12 month extension to the Revitalising Geographe Waterways program.

“It is fantastic that the City of Busselton, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions and partners will be able to get started straight away on implementing some of the actions from the management plans” said Dr Talbot.

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 the management plans visit the Revitalising Geographe Waterways website https://rgw.dwer.wa.gov.au/

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