Track report seen as a turning point
This week the report on the winter diversion track has been released.
Congratulations to the committee, chaired by Stuart Hicks, for coming to the conclusion the first priority must be protection of the river.
The river needs to be at the heart of all decision making.
Everyone in Margaret River loves the river and we are fortunate our river is relatively healthy compared with many others in Australia.
Nevertheless, environmental damage is incremental, so often deterioration, as a result of prolonged human activity, becomes acceptable.
There are few rivers left in Australia where the water is so clear the sand and rocks on the bottom are visible. This is what our rivers were once like, as Margaret River old-timers will remember.
To return the river to this pristine condition may be unrealistic, but this initiative, if supported by the council and the community, will be a turning point for the river.
This report must not be allowed to disappear into a dark cupboard following the implementation of the easier recommendations.
The recommendations are practical and essential for a healthy river. Let’s hope the community rallies behind this historic turning point to link the health of the river to the health of our community.
Show your support by attending the council meeting at 10.30am on Wednesday, May 30.