Study to guide inlet plan

Chloe FraserBusselton Dunsborough Times

A research project to assist the City of Busselton in preparing a water management plan for the Toby Inlet was this month announced as one of several coastal projects across the State to share in a $600,000 funding boost.

The City received more than $18,600 for the project, which is part of the Revitalising Geographe Waterways program to improve water quality, water health and management of the Geographe Waterways.

The project, in partnership with the Centre for Fisheries Research at Murdoch University, the Toby Inlet Catchment Group, the South West Catchment Council and Geocatch, will conduct important fish and invertebrate research in Toby Inlet over the next 12 months. Environmental planning co-ordinator Greg Simpson said the City was consulting with the community to prepare a water management plan for the area.

“As part of this community consultation process, it was identified that there is a lack of data available on fish and invertebrates using the Toby Inlet, which needs to be considered as part of the process of determining best management recommendations for the water management plan,” he said.

“This project will include a survey of fish and aqua-tic invertebrates in Toby Inlet in order to inform the management plan that is currently being prepared as part of the Revitalising Geographe Waterways program,” he said.

Mr Simpson said the project would also include opportunity for residents and school groups to meet scientists on the banks of the inlet and take part in sampling education about the ecological values in the inlet.

The project is among 24 other coastal planning projects across WA to receive funding.

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