Strategy to safeguard the Swan Region
Posted on Monday, 13 June 2005
Member for Pearce Judi Moylan congratulated the Swan Region on the accreditation of Western Australia’s first Natural Resource Management (NRM) Strategy. The strategy paves the way for Government funding to help communities manage and protect the region’s natural assets.
The landmark accreditation was announced recently by the Australian Minister for the Environment Senator The Hon Ian Campbell and the Federal Minister for Agriculture, Hon Warren Truss, along with the State Minister for Agriculture Kim Chance and State Environment Minister Dr Judy Edwards.
Ms Moylan said the strategy tackled water quality, biodiversity and land use issues in the region, which covered almost 700,000 hectares and contained 1.4 million people. It was the result of extensive community consultation.
“This accreditation is all about securing a future for our diverse natural resources. The Swan Region hosts many unique natural features, including Rottnest and Garden Islands, a stunning coastline and the Swan and Canning Rivers,” she said.
“It’s one of the State’s richest areas in terms of land, mineral and water resources, and supports horticulture, agriculture, mining, forestry and tourism.
“The NRM strategy will see people working together to keep these businesses strong as well as protecting the local environment.
“The NRM provides a blue-print for improving in-stream habitats and freshwater wetlands.
“My congratulations to everyone involved with this project.”
In coming weeks, the State and Federal Governments will make joint funding announcements for a range of significant projects.