Future of regional parks in focus

Future of our parks: Bunbury MLA Don Punch and committee chair Gordon Hill are looking forward to the future of the regional parks. Photo: Emily Sharp.
Future of our parks: Bunbury MLA Don Punch and committee chair Gordon Hill are looking forward to the future of the regional parks. Photo: Emily Sharp.

Planning to improve and maintain the Preston River to Ocean Regional Park and Leschenault Regional Park will begin soon following the appointment of nine South West community members to the advisory committee. 

Committee chairperson Gordon Hill said the revival of the parks would be fantastic for the community.

"There are some fantastic walking paths in place that need a bit of maintenance but we can create new walk paths and bike trails," he said.

"We're going to be looking at a longer term vision for these parks."

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said the co-ordinated management of the parks would benefit the community with the potential to significantly improve tourism and recreation facilities.

Bunbury MLA Don Punch said the Preston River to Ocean Regional Park was finally receiving the attention it deserved.

"The Bunbury community places a huge value on the park and the protection of our natural environment, so it is great to see members of our community put their hand up to be involved with its management," he said.

The committee will provide advice on issues addressed in preparation of a formal management plan.

The members are Elizabeth Golden, Ray Parks, Bernhard Bischoff, Cheryl Stiles, Peter Jones, Bella Burgemeister, Natalie Olsen, Peter McCleery and Mr Hill.

The community is encouraged to take an online survey to have their say.

For more visit pws.dbca.wa.gov.au/gbrp.