Workshop focuses on Chapman River Estuary

Published on Tuesday, 22 March 2022 at 1:04:33 PM

If you love visiting the Chapman River Estuary then you won’t want to miss the opportunity to have your say on the development of an action plan to enhance and protect the unique area.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the estuary is a place of considerable environmental and cultural significance that needs to be safeguarded for future generations.

“The Chapman River Estuary is the site of a federally listed Threatened Ecological Community, home to migratory shore birds, turtles, other wildlife whose habitat needs to be maintained and protected,” he said.

“It is also a place of cultural significance to many Aboriginal people and where appropriate, this knowledge and history could be formally shared with visitors to the area.

“The estuary is also a very popular recreation spot with people walking and cycling along the river trail, bird watching, picnicking and fishing off the river banks.

“Which is why we need a plan that will not only enhance the unique environment of the estuary, it will also support the cultural values and recreational use of the area for future generations.”

The City has partnered with the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council (NACC) to work with the community to develop the Chapman River Estuary Action Plan.

Members of the community who are interested in sharing with the team what they do when they visit the estuary and have ideas on how the area can be enhanced and protected are invited to take part in a community workshop on Thursday 31 March 2022 from 5.30pm to 7.45pm at the Spalding Park Tennis Club.

Due to COVID restrictions, the number of workshop participants is limited. To secure your spot, please register to attend by contacting Alanah Campbell on 0429 967 975 or email  Registration closes 29 March.

This development of the Chapman River Estuary Action Plan is funded by the State Government Natural Resources Management (NRM) Office.  Once the plan is completed, the staged implementation of identified works can begin.

Image: Chapman River Estuary

Chapman River Estuary

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