For the past year community members, scientists and waterways managers have been working together closely to develop management objectives for waterways in the Geographe catchment.
Several collaborative workshops have been held and have focussed on key water assets including the Vasse Wonnerup Wetlands, Lower Vasse River and Toby Inlet.
Revitalising Geographe Waterways manager Kath Lynch said the workshops have been successful at bringing together a wide range of stakeholders; each bringing significant knowledge and experience that add value to the planning process.
The Vasse Wonnerup wetlands Collaboration group have contributed to the development of draft management objectives that will guide the Vasse Wonnerup Wetlands Operational Plan being developed by the Department of Parks and Wildlife.
The City of Busselton have also facilitated two collaborative workshops earlier this month, providing an opportunity for attendees to help develop a vision and management objectives for the Lower Vasse River and Toby Inlet.
Community member Ron Vincent commented on his involvement in the Collaborative workshops, “Apart from meeting many informed and committed community members of Busselton, my experience on the GeoCatch collaboration workshops has given me the belief that positive actions will follow from the management plans that are being developed. By contributing to the workshop process, as new resident of Busselton, I have learned of the complexity of the problems facing the wetlands, but also seen the excellent minds and existing projects working to make improvements.”
“Being involved in the Collaboration process has given me a positive feeling of how we will manage the wetlands into the future. Instead of just seeing the problems, I now know that if the many public agencies working in the catchment and the people in rural and urban Busselton pull together, the wetlands can remain a beautiful environment into the future” said Ron.
There will be ongoing opportunities for interested community members to get involved. Check out the calendar of collaboration events here. To receive updates on the Revitalising Geographe Waterways program, please contact GeoCatch and ask to be included on our Network News mailing list.
Revitalising Geographe Waterways is a four year program funded through Royalties for Regions to improve water quality, waterway health and management of Geographe waterways. For further information on the program visit: https://geocatch.asn.au/our-work/revitalising-geographe-waterways/
The Vasse Wonnerup Collaboration group in a workshop session in May 2016