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Help shape a healthy future for the Coorong

South Australians are invited to provide feedback on key projects of Project Coorong through a series of discussion sessions in the state’s south-east.

Help shape a healthy future for the Coorong

Department for Environment and Water (DEW) Healthy Coorong, Healthy Basin Manager Angus MacGregor said members of the community will be able to learn more about Project Coorong including the Healthy Coorong, Healthy Basin Action Plan to restore and revitalise the Coorong.

“We’re also seeking community feedback to build on the successes of the Our Coorong | Our Coast component of Project Coorong, aimed at helping to improve the ecological character of the Coorong and enhance habitat for threatened species along the Limestone Coast,” Mr MacGregor said.

“It is important that work to restore a healthy Coorong is based on the experience and knowledge of community, industry and Traditional Owners, as well as the latest science.

“It’s absolutely vital we get community feedback to help shape proposed environmental work to get the Coorong back on track.

“People are invited to tell us what they think of our working vision and priorities for restoring the Coorong since the devastation of the Millennium Drought.

“We are committed to ensuring that the government’s decisions and actions reflect the community’s values and aspirations.

Community discussions will be held in Meningie, Goolwa, Robe, Salt Creek and Kingston in mid-October

“The Action Plan presents a working vision of the short, medium and long-term on-ground works, scientific trials and investigations, management tools and infrastructure activities required to get the Coorong back on track for a healthy future,” Mr MacGregor said.

Restoring a healthy Coorong is critical for the environment, First Nations, local communities, the South Australian tourism industry, food production and the overall health of the Murray-Darling Basin.

People will be able to share their thoughts at the following community discussion events:

Meningie - Wednesday 9 October from 2pm - 5pm
Meningie Bowling Club, Princes Highway, Meningie

Goolwa - Thursday 10 October from 2pm - 5pm
Signal Point Gallery, the Wharf, Goolwa

Robe - Wednesday 16 October from 2pm - 5pm
Robe Bowling Club, 1 Victoria St, Robe

Salt Creek - Thursday 17 October from 5pm - 8pm
Salt Creek CFS/SA Ambulance building, 11097 Princes Highway, Salt Creek

Kingston - Friday 18 October from 2pm - 5pm
Kingston Council Chamber, 29 Holland Street, Kingston

As part of the broader Project Coorong initiative, expressions of interest are also being sought to form a ‘Coorong Partnership’ to provide local communities with an opportunity to help shape the work to be undertaken.

The Partnership, which will include First Nations, is looking for representation from the local community or people with a strong connection to the Coorong with knowledge in one or more of the following areas: conservation, recreation, science, agriculture, tourism, fishing and heritage.

Our Coorong | Our Coast is supported by the South East Natural Resources Management Board, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

For more information about the discussion sessions and the Coorong Partnership visit the Project Coorong website.