Tree park pro­posal for fund­ing re­view

Augusta Margaret River Times - - News -

In­ves­ti­ga­tions into a pos­si­ble forested park in the Mar­garet River area will go back to the Shire’s sus­tain­abil­ity com­mit­tee for re­view.

The pro­posed ar­bore­tum was con­sid­ered by coun­cil­lors as part of a rec­om­men­da­tion by the Shire of Au­gusta-Mar­garet River’s Sus­tain­abil­ity Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee. The SAC pre­vi­ously said there were “strong op­por­tu­ni­ties” for an ar­bore­tum “show­cas­ing al­ter­na­tives to log­ging na­tive forests and en­cour­age (ing) sus­tain­able devel­op­ment of lo­cal na­tive tim­ber plan­ta­tions”.

The tree park would also of­fer car­bon cap­ture, tourism, habi­tat and ed­u­ca­tion ben­e­fits, a re­cent re­port said.

How­ever, fund­ing for the project was lim­ited by the con­straints of the Shire’s En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Fund and was re­ferred back to the SAC to con­sider other fund­ing op­tions.

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