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Roebuck Bay Working Group in running for State award

Broome’s Roebuck Bay Working Group (RBWG) is in the running for the CSBP Environment Award for their work to develop community based management plans for Roebuck Bay. Much of the RBWG’s work is funded by Rangelands NRM.

The award acknowledges groups who show a proven passion and dedication to reducing environmental impacts in rural and regional areas.

It is part of the 2012 prestigious WA Regional Achievement and Community Awards which will be announced at an Awards Gala Presentation Dinner this month at the Perth Convention Centre.

RBWG coordinator Kandy Curran said one of the group’s most recent projects ‘Keep Our Bay Clean’ aims to reduce the toxic algal blooms of Lyngbya which can kill off the Bay’s seagrass meadows and impact its remarkable marine life.

“This marine life includes three dolphin species, dugongs and turtles, thousands of shorebirds that migrate to the bay from the northern hemisphere each year,” Ms Currans said.

“It also has trillions of mud-dwelling invertebrates that live in the extensive intertidal mudflats, seagrass meadows and mangrove communities.”

The RBWG is using a collaborative approach for the ‘Keep Our Bay Clean’ project, working with its wide membership, schools, government agencies, the shire, industry and developers to reduce land based pollution that can be food for Lyngbya.

“This approach has resulted in students stenciling Broome’s footpaths with Keep Our Bay Clean logos, delivery of 5000 fridge magnets to Broome homes with tips to reduce Lyngbya blooms, a Keep Our Bay Clean film, a Fertilise Wisely brochure and a regular column in the Broome Advertiser on Roebuck Bay,” Ms Currans said.

The group also ran ‘Celebrate the Bay Day’ in August this year in collaboration with Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) which attracted over 400 attendees.

The two other finalists in contention for the CSBP Award are Kimberley Toadbusters in Kununurra and the South West Catchments Council in Bunbury.