Fo­cus placed on bio­di­ver­sity

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Front Page - Therese Col­man So­phie and Joe Forte with daugh­ter Izzy, 8, of Lit­tle Mon­sters, and Clare Tans­ley, of Cel­e­bra­tion Homes. An­drea Preece, of En­able South West, and Stu Car­rick, of Mar­garet River Or­ganic Gar­den.

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’.”

Pic­tures: Therese Col­man

Kelly Dick­in­son, Char­lotte New­ton and Mat Lewis, of South West Re­gional TAFE.

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