Waterways fora will help community connect

COMMUNITIES can discover what is happening in their local waterways at one of the annual estuary forums to be held on the south and southwest coasts this month.

Hosted by local catchment groups in partnership with the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation’s (DWER), the Regional Estuaries Initiative includes updates on the science of each estuary, an overview of on-ground actions to protect estuaries, and an opportunity to ask questions.

The Wilson inlet forum is in Denmark on October 15.

DWER aquatic science branch manager Malcolm Robb said the fora offered a rare chance to talk to the scientists studying the waterways and the experts working to protect them.

“Each of our estuaries is a complex systems that has unique challenges,” Mr Robb said.
“The fora give locals the chance to find out about the estuary they fish in, paddle and sail on, and enjoy in so many ways.”

Mr Robb said that groups such as the Wilson Inlet Catchment Committee (WICC) were vital partners in the initiative, by being on the ground taking action to protect waterways that support our economies and lifestyles.

The initiative is part of a $20-million Royalties for Regions program to improve the health of six key southern estuaries.

For more information go to rei.dwer.wa.gov.au or see the advertisement on this page.


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