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Environmental Policy and Management

Find out about some of the projects, strategies and initiatives the Shire of Harvey is involved in, to care for our natural environment.

South West Biodiversity Project

The South West Biodiversity Project (SWBP) is a project that was developed by the Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA), as an initiative to support Local Government toward effective management of natural areas and biodiversity conservation in land use planning.

Over 2006 and 2007, the Shire engaged a consultant to assess nineteen reserves vested in and/or land owned by the Shire of Harvey. Detailed assessments of the reserves were undertaken and a number of management recommendations listed.

The reports from the SWBP have become an important tool for the Shire in providing guidance for the long term on-ground management.

Local Biodiversity Strategy (draft)

The draft Local Biodiversity Strategy is a key Shire initiative to assist in the conservation of natural areas – bushland, wetlands, estuarine areas and foreshores.

The main focus of the strategy is how local natural areas (LNAs) can be protected through the planning process as development occurs within or around them.

Peron Naturaliste Partnership

The Peron Naturaliste Partnership was formed in 2010 by a number of the local government authorities that cover the geographical areas of Point Peron to Cape Naturaliste in the South West of Western Australia.

The Peron Naturaliste Partnership recognises the benefits of forming a strategic partnership to establish appropriate management responses to coastal vulnerability.

Coastal Management Plan

The Shire of Harvey has a coastline of approximately 42km stretching from the Leschenault Peninsula in the south to the boundary with the Shire of Waroona in the north.

The Shire is located in a growth area of the State, but still retains large areas of relatively inaccessible coastline.  The coastal towns of Binningup and Myalup are situated on the Shire of Harvey’s coast and are popular holiday destinations.

The coastline is currently faced with a number of pressures generated by increasing population growth and associated recreational use. These pressures will continue to grow as the Shire’s urban population expands.

The Shire of Harvey Coastal Management Plan was developed in 2006 to:

  • Prepare management recommendations for coastal foreshore areas
  • Protect and enhance the coastal environment
  • Manage coastal land uses and
  • Identify and provide for community-based coastal facilities. 

More information and contacts

For more information about our natural environment, please contact us.

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