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Regional parks laid out

THE WA Government has announced the creation of two massive regional parks north and south of Bunbury.

The two parks – to be known as the Leschenault Regional Park to the north and the Bunbury Tuart Regional park in the south – will together form the Leschenault-Bunbury Regional Open Space Concept.

The northern park will stretch from Binningup to Eaton taking in the Leschenault Peninsula, estuary and river foreshores and bushland areas.

Premier Richard Court said the government recognised the population build up in the area needed to be tempered with protection of the natural environment.

“The intention is to preserve the lifestyle benefits and natural assets currently enjoyed by residents without stifling progress in the region.

Planning Minister Graham Kierath said the government was in the ideal situation to act, as public authorities already owned 90 per cent of the land.

“It is intended the remainder of the land, currently privately owned, will be acquired by the WA Planning Commission over a number of years,” Mr Kierath said.

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