Coastcare Forum 2022; Networks, Management Plans and Fairy Terns

Friends of the Lancelin Coast (Inc) organised and hosted the 2022 Mid-West Coastal Groups Forum in Lancelin last week. The annual forum creates an opportunity for community coastcare groups in the southern NAR to share knowledge and experience, network and learn together. This year’s forum featured informative presentations on current projects and activities in the region!

The day began with a Welcome to Country by Charlie Shaw, Yeud Elder. Charlie and Marg Shaw shared some of their story on their connection to the sea country of the region and in particular Wedge Island.

Representatives from the WA Coastal and Marine Network (CMCN), Claudia Franca de Abreu and Hannah Gulliver, presented the recently launched network, discussed the strategic plan, and hosted a workshop session. The workshop session asked; “how do we increase community engagement with the conservation of the coastal environment in the mid-west?” Creating capacity is an ongoing goal of NACC’s Coastcare team and it is always exciting to discuss new ideas to engage more of the community in coastcare activities.

The mid-west coast, particularly the turquoise coast, is home to the Turquoise Coast Islands and Jurien Bay Marine Park, which have both previously had management plans with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA). Emma Rowe and Dave Henke spoke to the effectiveness of these plans, local challenges and triumphs, and current priorities in the area.

Dr Claire Greenwell of the Conservation Council of WA (CCWA) presented the “Mid-West Fairy Tern Conservation Strategy”. This threatened species is actively supported and protected by the WA Fairy Tern Network, a group that has recently been recognised at the 2022 Western Australian Coastal Awards for Excellence in the Science and Research category. Congratulation to everyone involved in the network, we appreciate your hard work and dedication, as do the Fairy Terns!

The day concluded with updates on activities and projects by each of the Coastcare groups. We look forward to seeing you all (and hopefully some new faces too) at the 2023 Coastcare Forum!

This forum is supported by NACC NRM through funding from Coastwest.

Alanah Campbell – Coastcare Support Officer

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