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Community feedback sought for GeoCatch strategy

15 January, 2018

GeoCatch is calling out to the Geographe community to have their say on environmental issues that are important to them, and go into the draw to WIN a family pass to the Busselton Jetty’s Underwater Observatory by participating in an online community survey.

Results from the community survey will be used to help develop a new management strategy for the Geographe catchment, which will guide GeoCatch’s work into the future.

“As GeoCatch celebrates 20 years in the Geographe catchment it is timely to review how we are going and where we are headed into the future” said GeoCatch’s Chair, Chris Adams. “As the community’s voice in the catchment, it is critical that the community is involved in setting GeoCatch’s future priorities”.

The existing Geographe Catchment Management Strategy was first developed in 1997, and identifies 14 priority management issues for the Geographe catchment that fall within the themes of water, land, biodiversity, marine and coast, people and climate.

“There have been many changes in the catchment since 1997 when GeoCatch developed our first strategy, including changes in land use, environmental impacts, funding opportunities, and community values, which we need to consider in the update of the strategy” said Chris. “A new strategy for the Geographe catchment will reflect the current values and concerns across the Geographe community in regard to natural resource management”.

The online survey can be completed by clicking on this link: Community Views Survey . The survey will take about five minutes to complete. Alternatively, the survey can be completed on paper by contacting GeoCatch on 9781 0111 or geocatch@dwer.wa.gov.au. All participants in the survey will go into the draw to win a family pass to the Busselton Jetty’s Underwater Observatory.

The survey is open for a four week period, closing on Friday 16th February. GeoCatch will provide results of the survey back to the community once they have been collated, with the anticipated completion date for the Geographe Catchment Management Strategy being July 2018. The winner of the competition will be notified by GeoCatch via phone or email after the completion of the survey.