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Aboriginal Fishing Strategy

Public comment is invited on a draft Aboriginal fishing strategy addressing the recognition and inclusion of customary fishing in fisheries legislation; the recognition and inclusion of Aboriginal people in the management of fish resources; and economic development opportunities in the fishing and aquaculture industries.

The submissions period closes August 29.

The Western Australian Aboriginal Native Title Working Group will receive funding from the Development and Better Interest Fund to develop its response to the draft strategy.

Copies of the draft are available from www.fish.wa.gov.au, and from (08) 9482 7333.

Active Ageing

The WA Government’s Active Ageing Taskforce has made 90 recommendations in its report, which covers financial security, personal safety, abuse, mental and physical health, and information and communication technology.

WA’s population includes 300,000 people who have had a 60th birthday.

Estimates put the 60-somethings at one million by 2050.

Copies of the taskforce report are available from (08) 9222 9833, ldouglas@dpc.wa.gov.au, and www.activeageing.dpc.wa.gov.au.

Aquaculture strategy draft

Public comment is invited on a draft WA aquaculture industry strategy, to form the basis of a five-year development plan.

Copies of the strategy are available from (08) 9482 7333 and www.fish.wa.gov.au.

The submissions period closes July 30.

Busselton wetlands

The public submissions period for a draft conservation strategy for the Busselton wetlands will close July 4.

The strategy is available from www.planning.wa.gov.au, the Western Australian Planning Commission in Bunbury, the Department of Conservation and Land Management in Busselton, and the GeoCatch Network Centre in Busselton.

Comment can be sent to corporate@planning.wa.gov.au, or to The Secretary, Western Australian Planning Commission, 469 Wellington Street, Perth WA 6000, and marked ‘Attention: Shane Kirk’.

Leighton development draft

Public comment is invited until September 8 on a draft plan for redeveloping a four-hectare section of the 17-hectare Leighton marshalling yards.

The draft proposes residential areas, shops, cafes and public open space, with the remaining 13 hectares of the marshalling yards site becoming a coastal reserve.

This plan is on display at the City of Fremantle, William Street Fremantle; the Town of Mosman Park, Memorial Park, Bayview Terrace; and the Leighton Information Centre at Shop 13, Queensgate Mall, William Street, Fremantle.

Registration for information workshops on July 3, July 24 and August 14 can be made on (08) 9336 6390. Further information on the plan and public consultation process is available from www.leightonproject.com.au.

National Environment Protection (Air Toxics) Measure

Public comment is invited on draft National Environment Protection (Air Toxics) Measure and associated Air Toxics Impact Statement.

This measure aims to provide a nationally consistent framework for the monitoring and reporting of five key air toxics - benzene, formaldehyde, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), toluene and xylenes.

The measure and impact statement are available from www.ephc.gov.au and submissions are due by July 30.

Privacy laws

The State Government has released a public discussion paper outlining key privacy law proposals. Submissions can be sent to the Privacy Working Group, Office of the Attorney General, Level 30 Allendale Square, 77 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA 6000. The submissions period closes June 30, and the paper is available from www.ministers.wa.gov.au/mcginty.

Regional power faults report

The WA Government has released the results of a four-month investigation by the Energy Safety Regulation Office into power faults in regional areas serviced by South-West electricity grid.

Public utility Western Power has full responsibility for the maintenance and operation of the almost 40-year-old grid.

The report is available from www.energysafety.wa.gov.au.

Sunset Hospital redevelopment plan

Public comment is invited on a community plan for the future redevelopment of the 8.2 hectare Sunset Hospital site in Dalkeith.

The plan, deemed the Sunset Community Village Concept, recommends up to 82 per cent of the land remains in public ownership, with many of the heritage buildings identified for possible community use. Copies of the concept plan are available from metropolitan local government authorities.

The plan will also be on display at the City of Nedlands Council library and the State Library of WA. A feedback form, the concept plan and the development’s steering committee are all available from www.dhw.wa.gov.au/sunset.

The public comment period closes July 17.

Sunset Hospital will be one hundred years old next year.

Walpole wilderness issues paper

The WA Government has released an issues paper on a proposed Walpole wilderness area.

The 360,000 hectare area under consideration comprises four proposed new national parks and three existing national parks.

Submission process information and copies of the paper are available from CALM offices in Manjimup, Walpole, Pemberton and Albany, and from www.naturebase.net/national_parks/management/man_have_your_say.html.

Further information on the management planning and public participation processes is available from: Paul Roberts (08) 9771 7942, paulr@calm.wa.gov.au; and Clare Anthony (08) 9334 0403, clarea@calm.wa.gov.au.

Warren-Blackwood Rural Strategy

A draft Warren-Blackwood Rural planning strategy has been released for public comment until June 27. The strategy covers 1.4 million hectares in the shires of Boyup Brook, Bridgetown-Greenbushes, Manjimup and Nannup.

Copies of the strategy are available from www.planning.wa.gov.au and regional council offices.

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