Help­ing peo­ple to en­joy na­ture

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - REPORTER NEWS - David Charlesworth

A MASTER plan is be­ing de­vel­oped to get peo­ple out among the nat­u­ral beauty of Wa­roona and the Peel re­gion.

Ear­lier this month the Peel Re­gional Lead­ers Fo­rum, which in­cludes the shires of Wa­roona, Mur­ray, Bod­ding­ton, Ser­pen­tine-Jar­rah­dale and the City of Man­durah, an­nounced it would be de­vel­op­ing the Peel Re­gion Trails Master Plan.

The fo­rum also in­cludes the Har­vey Catch­ment Coun­cil, the Peel Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Group and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Aus­tralia. Con­sul­tants from Com­mon Ground Trails will un­der­take an au­dit of all trails in the re­gion and meet with stake­hold­ers to iden­tify po­ten­tial new trail op­por­tu­ni­ties, link and co­or­di­nate trails across bound­aries, rec­om­mend a mar­ket- ing strat­egy and pro­vide a fu­ture gov­er­nance struc­ture.

Com­mon Ground Trails were also in­volved in the de­vel­op­ment of the Perth, Peel, and South West moun­tain bike master plans.

The master plan will in­clude a com­plete net­work of trails and plans for all five lo­cal govern­ments.

The plan was funded with $90,000 from the Peel De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion, through Roy­al­ties for Re­gions, and a fur­ther $35,000 from the fo­rum.

The fi­nal plan is due to be com­pleted next March.

Wa­roona shire pres­i­dent Noel Dew said Wa­roona was home to ex­cit­ing nat­u­ral ter­rain and the plan would high­light the op­por­tu­ni­ties within it.

“It’s go­ing to be an ex­cit­ing ven­ture and we look for­ward to be­ing part of it,” he said.

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