South-west regional park community advisory committee appointed

Nine members of the south-west community have been appointed as representatives to the Preston River to Ocean and Leschenault Regional Parks Advisory Committee.

The committee members represent a broad range of park users and community interests, and will be assisting in developing the framework for future management of the park.

The appointed members are Elizabeth Golden, Ray Parks, Bernhard Bischoff, Cheryl Stiles, Peter Jones, Bella Burgemeister, Natalie Olsen, Peter McCleery and committee chairperson Gordon Hill.

These members were selected based on their local knowledge, strong community networks, understanding of park issues and their ability to represent a broad range of relevant interests.

The main role of the committee will be to provide advice on issues addressed in preparation of a formal management plan for the parks and on implementation of on-ground projects.

Representatives from the City of Bunbury, the shires of Dardanup, Harvey and Capel, and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions and Department of Water and Environmental Regulation also sit on the committee.

Preston River to Ocean Regional Park and Leschenault Regional Park deliver on the State Government’s election commitment to maintain and improve environmental, recreational, social and cultural values for the residents of Bunbury, Collie-Preston and surrounds.

An online survey is now available for the public to have their say on issues that should be addressed in the draft management plan.

The parks are also part of the Government’s Plan For Our Parks which aims to create five million hectares of new reserves across Western Australia. Plan for Our Parks is part of ‘Our Priorities: Sharing Prosperity’, a new program of targets to address important issues facing Western Australia.

Source: WA Government