Eco ‘game changer’

Augusta Margaret River Times - - NEWS - War­ren Hately

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.

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