Three Rivers, One Estuary vision to improve the health of Peel waterways launched

Three Rivers, One Estuary vision to improve the health of Peel waterways launched

THE community is being urged to get behind the Three Rivers, One Estuary vision to improve the health of key Peel waterways.

Alcoa of Australia managing director Michael Parker spoke at the launch of the $2 million project in which stakeholders across government, community and the environmental sector will work together.

The project encourages a multi-agency and community approach and has been made possible through funding from the Alcoa Foundation.

Mr Parker used the launch to call on the community to get behind the vision and the three projects spearheading it.

The projects – headed by The Nature Conservancy, Peel-Harvey Catchment Council and Greening Australia – aim to improve the health of the Serpentine, Murray and Harvey rivers along with the Peel Harvey Estuary, which is internationally recognised as a wetland of significance under the Ramsar Convention.

“By working together, we can ensure the ongoing health of these waterways that are the lifeblood of our communities, not only from an environmental perspective but also socially and economically,’’ Mr Parker said.

“Our hope is that other environmental and land management groups, government at all levels and the broader community will get behind their work.

“There will be plenty of opportunities for us all to roll up our sleeves and help make an even bigger difference together.”

Nature Conservancy Australia marine manager Chris Gilles said there would be a series of public presentations and workshops to coincide with the projects, seeking community input into what in-water projects would return the highest conservation benefit.