Judy Edwards

Judy Edwards

Former Minister for the Environment; Science

    Community advisory committee for Tuart Forest National Park

    10/10/2005 12:00 AM

    The State Government today called for nominations for membership on a community advisory committee that would help plan the future conservation and management of the Tuart Forest National Park and its proposed additions.

    Environment Minister Judy Edwards said the community advisory committee would play a significant role in planning processes for the park, which contained a significant representation - 46 per cent - of the State’s tall tuart woodlands.

    “Tuart Forest National Park is an important woodland area of 3,136ha and is located within the Shires of Busselton and Capel,” Dr Edwards said.

    “It extends approximately 25km from Minninup in the north, to its southern boundary near the Sabina River. The area also supports one of a few populations of the threatened western ringtail possum secured in conservation reserves on the Swan Coastal Plain.”

    The Minister said the new committee, to be called the Tuart Forest National Park Community Advisory Committee, would provide advice to the Department of Conservation and Land Management on the preparation of a management plan for the park and its proposed additions.

    “The State Government recognises the public interest in this key park and the importance of community input in developing a plan to manage its unique and special values,” she said.

    “The committee will help facilitate community input and advice to CALM about issues of public interest and concern and assist in the distribution of information relevant to park management.

    “Members will be selected primarily for their expertise, experience, personal interest and community networks.

    “The committee will operate for the life of the planning process and members will be expected to meet at least quarterly. “

    Dr Edwards said the establishment of locally based community advisory committees was an important tool in ensuring effective communication between CALM, the Conservation Commission of Western Australia and the community.

    “They are developed as part of CALM’s ongoing commitment to provide opportunities for the public to participate and assist in management planning processes.”

    People interested in nominating for membership on the committee can obtain an information pack by contacting Burke Stephens, Management Planning Unit, CALM, Locked Bag 104, Bentley Delivery Centre, WA 6983 or by phoning 9334 0426 or by email to burkes@calm.wa.gov.au

    Nominations close on Monday, October 24.

    Minister's office: 9220 5050