Regional Park To Proceed

Regional Park To Proceed

Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett

Western Australia Minister for Planning John Day

New Regional Park For The South-West From Preston River To The Ocean

Victor P Taffa

The greater Bunbury area is one step closer to a new regional park after the endorsement of the Preston River to Ocean Regional Park Establishment Plan Proposal.

Premier Colin Barnett today visited the site of the proposed park which includes Manea Park, Shearwater Tuart Forest and the Maidens, extending east-west across 7 km.

Premier Barnett said the area contained unique landforms and vegetation that were characteristic of the Swan Coastal Plain.

“The concept of a continuous reserve from the Preston River to the coast has been central to planning in greater Bunbury for more than 20 years and has received strong, ongoing community support.” Premier Barnett said.

 

“The Preston River to Ocean Regional Park is the first of its kind in the South-West and the area is of regional and State significance because of the unusual sequence of vegetated landforms that do not occur anywhere else.”

“I’d also like to thank Bunbury MLA John Castrilli for pursuing this issue of behalf of his community.” Premier Barnett said.

Planning Minister John Day said the Greater Bunbury Region Scheme (GBRS) came into effect at the end of 2007, reserving the land areas within the proposed Preston River to Ocean Park as regional open space.

“The majority of the land that will make up the new Preston River to Ocean Regional Park was already reserved for parks and recreation under local planning schemes, but consolidating these areas into a new regional park co-ordination will make management of the area more efficient.” Mr. Day said.

 

WA Minister for Planning John Day

WA Minister for Planning John Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“The new challenge for us will be to implement this proposal for the benefit of the community and I encourage the community’s ongoing input in its future use and management.” Mr. Day said.

The Preston River to Ocean Regional Park Establishment Plan Proposal will be tabled in State Parliament next week.