Community input on coastal code sought

Nature Conservation Margaret River Region, on behalf of the local community, is facilitating the development of a community coastal code to safeguard the Capes Coast into the future. The code is part of Nature Conservation’s new Caring for Coast Program generously funded by philanthropic support from Line in the Sand (LITS).

Community members are invited to attend Capes Coastal Forums being conducted in Yallingup and Augusta during March. Community members can learn how a coastal code might help protect our coast for generations, and have input to what a code might look like.

The two proposed forums will complement an event run in Margaret River last November, where community members provided overwhelming support for the coastal code concept.

Nature Conservation’s Coastal Restoration Officer, Drew McKenzie said, ‘Our coast is not only spectacular and beautiful, it also shapes our lifestyles.  We have an amazing opportunity now to influence how we want to see the coast in the future, to communicate the coastal values we want protected, and to guide behaviours of resident and tourists, inspiring them to value, care and respect the coast’.

‘The coastal code concept has been inspired by an initiative to protect the ecological values of the islands of Pulau in the Pacific Ocean from the impacts of tourist populations. The ‘Pulau Pledge’ enlists locals and tourists alike to care for the island’s natural environment through a series of agreed principles that influence the way people use the environment’, Mr McKenzie added.

View the Pulau Pledge case study video at

Nature Conservation’s Community Engagement Officer, Ms Tracy Muir, also assisting with the development of the coastal code said,   ‘We are not talking about a set of rules to control what people do on the coast, but instead a set of values and principles that guide coastal use by both local residents and tourists’.

‘If a code is going to work it needs to be supported and owned by our community, as custodians of the coast, and we need local champions or ambassadors to spread the message. We urge community members to come along to the forums, to learn more and get involved’, Ms Muir added.

For more information contact Nature Conservation on 97572202 or [email protected].  Register for the upcoming Capes Coastal Forums here