Management plan released for 82 parks and reserves on Swan Coastal Plain
Includes about 4,600ha of proposed additions to conservation estate
The State Government today released a 10-year management strategy for 82 parks and reserves - totalling about 22,000 hectares - on the southern part of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the release of the Swan Coastal Plain South management plan secured the protection of a diverse range of landscapes, plants and animals for the community to experience and enjoy.
The plan covers conservation lands in and around Perth, from the Darling Range to the western coastline and from Dunsborough to the Swan River, and is the culmination of widespread community consultation.
"The area is recognised as an international biodiversity hotspot. The parks and reserves are known for their natural and cultural values as well as being popular recreational spots for activities such as cycling, horse riding, hiking, picnicking and camping," Mr Jacob said.
"A key initiative of the management plan is the protection of the internationally significant Ramsar sites, the Peel-Yalgorup and Vasse-Wonnerup wetland systems, which provide habitat and breeding grounds for thousands of waterbirds.
"These and other wetlands comprise about 80 per cent of the management plan area and include plant species of conservation significance and threatened ecological communities, as well as threatened plants and animals."
The Minister said the plan took into account significant cultural values and the importance of providing opportunities for joint management arrangements with the Noongar people.
"Many of the conservation reserves have strong heritage links to early exploration and colonial settlement, the establishment of agriculture and industry, and wartime events," he said.
"It is important these cultural and natural values are conserved for people to enjoy, so the plan includes opportunities for education, recreation and nature-based tourism and commercial operations."
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