Focus placed on biodiversity
The Margaret River Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s sundowner on Wednesday last week celebrated Biodiversity Month, with businesses showing support for the local environment.
Guests heard from representatives from Nature Conservation, which co-hosted the evening, as well as Ocean Grown Abalone, The Beer Farm and Witchcliffe Ecovillage, who spoke about conservation and sustainability in their enterprises.
Nature Conservation’s Boyd Wykes led a well-attended bush walk despite inclement weather.
The group explored the old karri growth on the path towards Wharncliffe Mill before heading back to Margaret River Distillery Co. for an evening of networking.
“Across all sectors of the Margaret River region economy, whether it be tourism, wine, food, housing — you name it — there is universal recognition that it is the natural world which attracts people to the region, and it is that natural world which underpins just about every aspect of our social and economic wellbeing,” Dr Wykes said. “Our success is intrinsically linked to our ‘clean-green premium’.”
Kelly Dickinson, Charlotte Newton and Mat Lewis, of South West Regional TAFE.