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Mackay locals have a say in new plan

UNITED APPROACH: Reef Catchments CEO Rob Cocco and NRM plan co-ordinator Alice Spencer will work with groups in the Mackay, Whitsunday and Isaac regions to manage natural resources.
UNITED APPROACH: Reef Catchments CEO Rob Cocco and NRM plan co-ordinator Alice Spencer will work with groups in the Mackay, Whitsunday and Isaac regions to manage natural resources. Contributed

WHAT do we want our region to look and be like, in 50 or 100 years?

The community is being asked to have a say and help develop a new Natural Resource Management Plan for the Mackay, Whitsunday and Isaac regions.

The new NRM plan will be a key regional planning tool and provide a platform for people, who live and work in the region, to be involved in managing precious natural resources moving forward.

Plan co-ordinators from reef catchments will arrange meetings with residents, local councils, business and industry, landholders and other groups across the region, to discuss values, priorities and ideas.

NRM plan co-ordinator Alice Spencer said the plan would capture the community's vision for the future and highlight NRM priorities for the Mackay, Whitsunday and Isaac regions.

"It is a strategic plan, which will spell out the best way to manage the region's resources including our productive and natural lands, water, coasts and islands," Ms Spencer said.

"For this reason it is important people, groups and businesses from all areas of the community are involved.

"With a diversity of people participating, we can expect a richer understanding of the community and the issues that are most crucial, when it comes to our region's resources.

"The plan will guide government and others to manage the Mackay, Whitsunday and Isaac regions in a way that ensures future generations can continue to use and enjoy our regions' natural assets."

For more information and planning meeting dates visit http://www.reefcatchments.com.

To find out more, phone Alice Spencer on 0428 955 490 or email: alice.spencer@

reefcatchments.com.

Topics:  natural resource management