Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan today released a draft plan for the Ocean to Preston River Regional Park, calling for public comment on the proposed 913ha recreational and conservation site.
“Now is the time to secure and create a substantial, continuous regional reserve for the benefit of the South-West region for years to come,” Ms MacTiernan said.
“The Greater Bunbury Regional Scheme, which came into effect in January 2008, provides for 17,000ha of land to be protected for conservation and regional open space.
“The Ocean to Preston River Regional Park is one of the tangible outcomes of the regional scheme and will be one of the first of its kind to be established outside the Perth metropolitan area.”
The site runs from the Indian Ocean at South Bunbury along a seven kilometre west-east corridor to the western bank of the Preston River.
The land is notable for its biodiversity, with a wide range of flora and a variety of vertebrate fauna which includes birds, frogs, reptiles and native mammals.
The site also holds important social, historical and cultural heritage. The Preston River is a significant Aboriginal mythological site, and College Grove is an old hunting and camping area traditionally used by elder Nyungahs. Conical peaks in the bushland known as The Maidens provided navigational landmarks for the early French and English maritime explorers.
The ‘Draft Ocean to Preston River Regional Park Establishment Plan’ describes a framework for the establishment and ongoing management of the park. It proposes a joint management agreement between the Department of Environment and Conservation and the City of Bunbury, together with community involvement.
The Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) will consider all submissions from the public in preparing the final plan.
South-West MLC Adele Farina said the park would appeal to a broad range of interests and activities including recreational, education, nature-based tourism and passive enjoyment of the natural landscape that was typical of this part of the South-West.
“For this reason, I am urging all interested members of the public, particularly potential users of the future regional park, to help shape it with their views and ideas,” Ms Farina said.
A copy of the ‘Draft Ocean to Preston River Regional Park Establishment Plan’ is available from:
The Project Manager
Ocean to Preston River Regional Park Establishment Plan
Western Australian Planning Commission
469 Wellington Street
Perth WA 6000
Telephone: 9264 7540
It can also be dowloaded form WAPC website at http://www.wapc.wa.gov.au/comment or from the City of Bunbury or Shire of Capel.
Public submissions should be received by Friday, July 4.
Minister's office - 9213 6400