Foreshore plan plea

Declan BushAugusta Margaret River Times
Shire environment officer Merryn Delaney with CCCG organiser Drew McKenzie and Shire president Ian Earl say the river assessment is overdue.
Camera IconShire environment officer Merryn Delaney with CCCG organiser Drew McKenzie and Shire president Ian Earl say the river assessment is overdue. Credit: Declan Bush

The Shire of Augusta-Margaret River has invited feedback from residents to help the Cape-to-Cape Catchments Group’s Margaret River Foreshore Management Plan.

The CCCG will conduct a detailed independent assessment of the foreshore between town and the river mouth to inform future Shire council decisions such as the winter diversion trail.

Recommendations would cover issues such as weed and vegetation management, revegetation, erosion, and provision of public access.

Shire president Ian Earl said the CCCG had 15 years of experience managing waterways and the Margaret River.

Cr Earl said the Shire wanted to find a balance between protecting habitats and allowing appropriate public access and enjoyment of the river.

“I would encourage all people with an interest to have their say,” he said.

“The river’s going to be here forever, and we have to manage it properly into the future.”

CCCG project officer Drew McKenzie said public use of the river had “probably tripled” in 10 years and the group wanted residents to protect the natural asset.

The group wanted community input through written submissions to the CCCG, by feedback provided at on-site consultation sessions, and responses during a public review of the draft action plan.

For more information, phone the Shire on 9780 5255.

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