The South Australian Minister for Environment and Water, David Speirs MP announced on 23 August that community feedback is being sought on Project Coorong’s Healthy Coorong, Healthy Basin Action Plan, which outlines proposed activities to restore and revitalise the Coorong.
The Healthy Coorong, Healthy Basin Action Plan is based in part on independent, expert science advice that the Goyder Institute for Water Research provided to the Department for Environment and Water (DEW) through the formation of an Expert Panel, comprised of leading scientists with experience in all aspects of the Coorong’s ecology. The Expert Panel’s report outlined a series of short, medium and long-term actions to restore the Coorong’s South Lagoon.
The report helped inform the December 2018 agreement by the Australian and South Australian governments to commit $70 million to improve the long-term health of the Coorong.
As part of the broader Project Coorong initiative, the government is also seeking expressions of interest to form a ‘Coorong Partnership’, providing local communities with an unprecedented opportunity to help shape the work to be undertaken. Nominations can now be made on the Project Coorong website.
A number of public information sessions will be held in the Coorong region in October 2019.
The YourSAy Healthy Coorong, Healthy Basin Action Plan public consultation will close on 31 October 2019.