19/5/05Fisheries Minister Jon Ford today invited Western Australians to have their say in a review of the Abrolhos Islands Management Plan.“The Abrolhos management plan has come to the end of its first term and it is now time to have your say once again, on the sustainable management of these unique islands for the next 10 years,” Mr Ford said.The Minister said the original management plan, which was released in 1998, had achieved many milestones, such as a higher level of protection for land and waters and improved access to the islands for all interest groups.“Separate plans have also been completed, or are being implemented, on tourism development, aquaculture development and a land conservation inventory for the islands, which is in line with the Gallop Government’s commitment to protect and enhance Western Australia’s unique lifestyle and environment,” he said.“A lot has been achieved under the current Abrolhos Islands Management Plan, but a review will strengthen its relevance so we can continue to appreciate the exceptional Abrolhos system as an economic, recreational and scientific resource.”The Abrolhos Islands Management Advisory Committee (AIMAC), in conjunction with the Department of Fisheries, will consider all submissions before making recommendations to the Minister on the 10-year management plan for the Abrolhos system.
Submissions should be sent to:Submissions close at 5pm Friday, August 19.Minister's office: 9425 4200
Abrolhos Islands Management Advisory Committee
PO Box 1171
Geraldton WA 6531