Monday, 06 August 2012
The Leschenault Estuary and Inlet are under threat from increasing populations, decreasing rainfall and changing water quality.
Home to fish, migratory birds and unique native vegetation, the Estuary is not only a biodiverse community; it also plays an important role in defining the Bunbury community’s lifestyle. It is used for a wide range of recreational activities, including, walking, cycling, fishing and boating.
Edith Cowan University (ECU) researcher Associate Professor Sandra Wooltorton is looking at community attitudes to this waterway, asking the question – what future do we want for our Estuary?
By completing a small survey, people living and working in the vicinity can share their opinions on the estuary and why we should work to protect it.
“We want to uncover the value of the estuary to the people who live and work here,” Professor Wooltorton said.
“Once we’ve compiled the research it will be used to develop a report, which will be available to research groups, policy makers and local agencies to guide actions, so that the Estuary remains an environment that meets all needs.”
People can take part in the project in two different ways:
“The Estuary is important to everyone in the community, and we all need to work together to preserve it,” Professor Wooltorton said.
The Leschenault Project is a collaboration between ECU, The Government of Western Australia Department of Water, Hot Rock, South West Catchments Council and Leschenault Catchment Council.