Stokes Inlet protected for the future
Released 19 May 2008
A management plan to improve the condition of Stokes Inlet and protect it for the future will be released next week.
The plan - "Benwenerup: A management plan for Stokes Inlet" - is the first of its type for the inlet which is a popular camping and fishing spot about 80 kilometres west of Esperance.
Department of Water's Albany program manager, Chris Gunby, said the management plan for the 14 square kilometre inlet contained strategies and recommendations relating to fishing, recreational use, catchment management and education.
He said it was an important step to improve the future of the inlet which was one of the larger south coast estuaries and easily accessed by visitors from Esperance and the South Coast Highway.
"The plan's quality and speedy preparation is the result of the contribution made by the steering group, who have personally contributed through the provision of background information, suggested actions and ideas," Mr Gunby said.
"They should be commended for their efforts. In addition, there has been valuable public input, the efficiency of the project officer Mieke Bourne and the essential funding provided by South Coast Natural Resource Management Inc."
Mr Gunby said the plan was the first of a new type prepared quickly and efficiently using available information and people's knowledge, and with future reviews planned to make use of new research findings.
"By producing these plans quickly we can cover more estuaries, involve more people and achieve more results on the ground," Mr Gunby said. "This means our waterways should be better protected and enhanced."
Mr Gunby said interested people were welcome to join the Stokes Inlet Steering Group at the plan's launch on 30 May at Stokes National Park from 11:30am - 1:30pm. Transport will be provided and anyone wishing to attend should contact Mieke Bourne on (08) 9841 0127 by Tuesday 27 May, 2008.
The plan is available at http://portal.water.wa.gov.au/portal/page/portal/WaterManagement/Waterways/RiversEstuaries and printed copies will be available after the launch by contacting (08) 9842 5760.
Contact: Peter Collins
Phone: (08) 6364 6848 / 0434 603 441