City gets pres­ti­gious award

Southern Telegraph - - News -

The City of Man­durah has cel­e­brated re­ceiv­ing the 2016 Aus­tralian Coastal Award for Cli­mate Adap­ta­tion and na­tional recog­ni­tion for the man­age­ment of cli­mate change strate­gies after its work with The Peron Nat­u­ral­iste Part­ner­ship.

It joins a num­ber of other coastal coun­cils which have re­ceived this recog­ni­tion at the Aus­tralian Coastal Coun­cil Con­fer­ence, held on May 6.

The awards were es­tab­lished to raise com­mu­nity aware­ness of the coastal zone and to en­cour­age coastal plan­ning and man­age­ment prac­ti­tion­ers to strive for ex­cel­lence.

The PNP re­ceived the award for the group’s col­lab­o­ra­tive ap­proach to the first phase of im­ple­men­ta­tion of a re­gional Coastal Mon­i­tor­ing Pro­gram, cov­er­ing about 210km of coast­line.

The Coastal Mon­i­tor­ing Pro­gram is be­ing used to tai­lor spe­cific ap­proaches re­quired by each of the nine par­tic­i­pat­ing coun­cils to re­spond to lo­cal coastal ero­sion and inundation haz­ards.

Mayor Ma­rina Ver­gone said it was a big hon­our for the Peron Nat­u­ral­iste Part­ner­ship to be recog­nised on a na­tional level for its im­por­tant en­vi­ron­men­tal work.

“The con­fer­ence judges be­lieve the PNP is an ex­cel­lent ex­am­ple of how a col­lab­o­rated ap­proach on coastal adap­ta­tion could as­sist other coastal re­gions around the coun­try,” she said.

The PNP rep­re­sents a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Bun­bury, Bus­sel­ton, Capel, Dar­danup, Har­vey, Man­durah, Mur­ray, Rock­ing­ham and Wa­roona Coun­cils.

It was es­tab­lished to ad­dress cli­mate change adap­ta­tion and as­sists par­tic­i­pat­ing coun­cils in im­ple­ment­ing re­sponses to cli­mate risks in­clud­ing sea level rise, coastal ero­sion and inundation.

Staff and coun­cil­lors rep­re­sent­ing the PNP mem­ber coun­cils after the Aus­tralian Coastal Coun­cil Con­fer­ence Awards ear­lier this month.

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