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Coorong Restoration Roadmap nearing release

Following a comprehensive consultation process the Coorong Restoration Roadmap document is nearing public release

Three Department for Environment and Water staff holding Coorong Restoration Roadmap documents at an information session at Meningie Bowling Club
HCHB staff at a Restoration Roadmap information session in Meningie. L-R: Dr Ryan Lewis, Dr Nadine Kelly, and Dr Jody O’Connor

Throughout May and June 2023, the Healthy Coorong, Healthy Basin (HCHB) team sought community feedback on the draft Coorong Restoration Roadmap. Following a substantial consultation process which engaged with more than 3,000 people, the final Coorong Restoration Roadmap is scheduled for release in the coming months.

Since releasing the Healthy Coorong, Healthy Basin Action Plan in 2019, HCHB has completed an unprecedented science investigations program, which has directly informed concurrent feasibility investigations into long-term management options for the Coorong. The Coorong Restoration Roadmap represents a natural evolution of the Healthy Coorong, Healthy Basin Action Plan, and is a significant milestone in the life of the HCHB program.

Guided by the International Principles and Standards for the Practice of Ecological Restoration, the Roadmap presents how we will use key findings from these scientific investigations and partner with scientists, community and First Nations to develop a strategic restoration program for the Coorong.

The final Coorong Restoration Roadmap incorporates community feedback from a consultation process which included targeted engagement with First Nations, regional information sessions, an online YourSAy campaign, and our annual HCHB Science Forum.

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

The final Coorong Restoration Roadmap is due to be released in the coming months and will be made available on the HCHB Publications page..

The Healthy Coorong, Healthy Basin program is jointly funded by the Australian Government and the Government of South Australia.