Public get say on waterways

WA residents have the opportunity to have a say in setting the future direction of waterways management for the next twenty years through Waterways WA, the first State-wide waterways management program.

Water resources minister Kim Hames said the program, led by the Water and Rivers Commission, would initially develop a policy and set long-term objectives for waterways management for broad discussion.

“Later, a strategy will be developed to identify key actions that can start achieving long-term aims.

“Both these documents will build on other State programs such as the State Salinity Action Plan and Coast and Clean Seas, as well as being strongly linked with regional strategy groups,” Dr Hames said.

He said the draft policy would be released for comment later this year and encouraged concerned residents to provide their views on future management.

WA has more than 200 major waterways with a combined length of over 25,000km.

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