River health plan shores up fu­ture

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

A HEALTHY river ecosys­tem and bet­ter man­age­ment are just two of the ob­jec­tives out­lined in the Swan Can­ning River Pro­tec­tion Strat­egy re­leased last week.

The strat­egy pro­vides a master plan to guide in­vest­ment, keep the rivers healthy and en­sure they are ac­ces­si­ble for the com­mu­nity to en­joy in the long term.

“For the first time, we have a whole-of-gov­ern­ment strat­egy that sets out a shared vi­sion on what needs to be done to make sure our rivers are bet­ter pro­tected while meet­ing the de­mands of a grow­ing city,” En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Al­bert Ja­cob said. “This strat­egy will bet­ter co-or­di­nate work be­tween the gov­ern­ment agen­cies in­volved in manag- ing the rivers with the aim of im­prov­ing ben­e­fits to the com­mu­nity and en­sur­ing the rivers con­tinue to be at­trac­tive and de­sir­able places.”

He said the gov­ern­ment had al­ready im­ple­mented some pri­or­ity projects out­lined in the strat­egy, in­clud­ing re­duc­ing ex­cess nu­tri­ents and im­prov­ing oxy­gen lev­els in the rivers.

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