A PROPOSED management plan to protect the long-term viability of Herron Point Reserve is open for public consultation.
The plan will seek to sustain the reserve’s environmental and cultural values, provide support for long-term sustainable recreational use and promote conservation of the Peel-Yalgorup Wetland System, the Kooljerrenup Nature Reserve and the future Peel Regional Park.
Shire president David Bolt said the plan would further address issues like erosion, access management, facility quality and public knowledge.
“Increased access to the reserve via Forrest Highway and projected population growth are expected to put pressure on the site and its facilities,’’ he said.
“Since the opening of the Dawesville Cut, the Harvey Estuary has struggled with advances in erosion, tidal wear and the death of fringing vegetation.
“Factors such as these directly affect Herron Point’s foreshore, endangering the environmental and cultural values of the reserve.”
The management plan will further encompass Herron Point’s camping requirements as well as concept plans identifying opportunities to increase short-stay accommodation options and hold facility upgrades in support of projected patronage increases.
Preparation of the plan involved consultation with key stakeholders, including Peel-Harvey Catchment Council, the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions and the Southwest Aboriginal Land and Sea Council.
Herron Point Reserve and Kooljerrenup Nature Reserve form part of the proposed Peel Regional Park.
Copies of the draft plan are available for inspection at the Shire of Murray offices, Murray Library or on www.murray.wa.gov.au/news-and-events
Submissions close on Monday, March 12 at 4.30pm.