Eco ‘game changer’
Nature Conservation Margaret River Region is co-ordinating a new initiative with key players in roles affecting the local environment.
Called Giant Light Steps, the stakeholder group includes the Margaret River-Busselton Tourism Association, the Margaret River Chamber of Commerce, Transition Margaret River, South West Catchments Council and the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River.
NCMR chairman Boyd Wykes said the group could be a “game changer” for regional conservation.
“The intent is for each of the foundation members to look at how they can lighten their own ‘footprints on our landscape’,” Dr Wykes said. “This will include reaching out and engaging with the wider community.”
Specific projects for the group were not yet identified, with Dr Wykes saying Giant Light Steps encouraged each member group to consider their own roles and what could be improved.
“The name Giant Light Steps is about the sectors in our community that have the greatest ‘footprint’ on our regional ‘landscape’ encouraging and supporting each other to build on the commitments and actions that in all cases are already being taken — that is to ‘lighten our footsteps’ through individual action and to work together to help tackle the broader landscape-wide issues that are everyone’s responsibility,” he said.
“We have set our sights high but right now we have a community, which across the board recognises the central importance of its environment to its wellbeing and looking for ways ensure what we love and value about this region is maintained into the future.”
The group would meet formally every quarter and commit to “concrete, measurable achievements”.
GLS would also be a mechanism to attract extra environmental funding.