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New community involvement processes at Ludlow's tall tuart woodlands
7/11/2005 12:00 AM
Greater public participation in tuart conservation and management at Ludlow, near Busselton, would result from a newly created community-based advisory structure, Environment Minister Judy Edwards said today.
“After seeking advice from the Tuart Response Group and the Department of Conservation and Land Management, I am putting in place a three-tiered system that will ensure that all special interest groups will be represented on tuart issues in the Ludlow area,” Dr Edwards said.
“The focus will be on key themes of public importance. This includes tuart management planning, conservation and protection and the environmental compliance of development projects.”
The Minister said CALM would initiate the following community advisory and consultative groups for Ludlow’s tall tuart woodlands:
the Tuart Forest National Park Community Advisory Committee;
a subcommittee of the Tuart Response Group; and
the Ludlow Working Party.
The Tuart Forest National Park Community Advisory Committee would report to CALM and provide community advice on the planning processes for the Tuart Forest National Park.
Dr Edwards announced the call for nominations to membership of this committee earlier this month.
The Tuart Response Group subcommittee would comprise members of the Tuart Response Group and nominated stakeholder groups. It would report to the Minister through the Tuart Response Group chairman. It also would provide expert consultative advice on tuart conservation and management in the Ludlow area.
Initial subcommittee roles would include advising on visitor and tourism development at Ludlow, rehabilitation strategies for the unmined part of the Cable Sands’ lease and projects involving local environment groups eligible for funding from the Government’s allocation of $200,000 for tuart conservation programs.
The Ludlow Working Party, which reports to Dr Edwards, will advise on mining compliance as required in the Minister’s Environmental Approval Statement of November 25, 2003.
The Minister also acknowledged the sound advice already provided by existing local community and environment groups on key tuart conservation and management issues at Ludlow.
“Groups such as the Tuart Response Group, Ludlow Working Party, Vasse-Wonnerup Land Conservation District Committee, Busselton Branch of the WA Naturalists Club and the Busselton-Dunsborough Environment Centre have been particularly helpful in assisting Government decision-making on tuart conservation initiatives,” she said.
“This advice has focused on issues such as rehabilitation and restoration programs, recreation and visitor services, research into tuart health, community education and awareness and land purchases.
“The Tuart Response Group subcommittee will be complemented by the Lake Clifton and Moore River subcommittees in early 2006, to assist the implementation of the Government’s Tuart Conservation and Management Strategy and Action Plan.”
Dr Edwards said the Tuart Response Group had already been restructured to reflect these new subcommittee arrangements.
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