Environment Minister Judy Edwards has announced that a district office will be established for the Department of Environment in Esperance.
Dr Edwards said the new office highlighted the Government’s commitment to protecting and enhancing environmental protection in the regions.
“The office will service areas covered by the Shires of Ravensthorpe and Esperance and will provide regulatory approvals and support for work associated with the protection of rivers, estuaries and wetlands,” she said.
“This is good news for Esperance stakeholders, who have sought the establishment of a permanent presence for the department in Esperance for some time.
“Previously, the Esperance area was serviced by the Albany office, which has involved travelling long distances for staff and only an occasional presence in town.
“The new office will enable the department to provide a much stronger service for regional customers and a higher level of participation in rivercare works.”
The Minister said the Esperance office would open early next year and would house the department’s South Coast Region Esperance District staff.
“The Esperance community will benefit from increased service delivery, including regulatory approvals such as emissions licences, clearing permits, and water allocation licences, which are particularly important given the growth in the resource sector in the area,” she said.
“A priority for staff in Esperance will be to support community-based projects, including new projects to map and evaluate the condition of the district’s wetlands, management planning for rivers and estuaries, and improved support to community natural resource management groups.
“Planning to protect the district’s water supplies also will be a priority.”
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