Track re­port seen as a turning point

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Letters - Sally Wylie, Margaret River

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.

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