THE four-wheel drive community and conservation groups recently came together for the first Tending the Tracks event.
More than 100 participants from groups including Trackcare WA, the WA 4WD Association and local coast care groups attended the January 13 and 14 event coordinated by the Conservation Council of WA and supported by the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council (NACC).
On the Saturday, small groups visited selected hotspots along the coast between Guilderton and Sandy Cape to hear from expert speakers and local guides before camping overnight.
The Sunday featured a forum and workshop at the Jurien Bay Sport and Recreation Ground that focused on developing community-based management of the coastal off-road environment.
“If we don’t look after it, we won’t be allowed in it,” WA 4WD Association chairman Bruce Brinkley said.
Conservation Council of WA citizen science coordinator Nic Dunlop added that state and local governments struggled with the “lack of staff and resources to effectively manage the coastal zone environment”.
“This partnership will hopefully provide opportunities to improve environmental outcomes and provide some assistance to the coast care groups and traditional owners currently striving to protect the coastal areas north of Perth,” Dr Dunlop said.
The input from the workshop will now be used to develop a range of joint on-ground projects and environment monitoring as well as to inform longer term educational and policy development.
The event was funded through the Federal Government’s National Landcare Program.