The Peel-Harvey Estuary is set to benefit from $1 million in Federal funding under the Morrison Government’s $20 million Reef Builder Program.
Under the Program, which is a partnership between the Commonwealth Government and The National Conservancy (TNC), an additional 4 hectares of blue mussel reefs will be restored in the Peel-Harvey Estuary.
Member for Canning Andrew Hastie welcomed the Morrison Government’s investment in the Estuary through the Reef Builder Program.
“The Peel-Harvey Estuary is an important part of life in Mandurah,” Mr Hastie said.
“An increase in blue mussell reefs will mean a healthier Estuary with more fish stocks, providing a much-needed boost for tourism and recreational fishing in the region.”
“This funding is good news for our local enviroment, and for the 120 community volunteers who signed up to TNC’s mussel gardening program.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the funding would create or support more than 1,000 jobs while assisting the recovery efforts of many regional communities affected by the pandemic and recent bushfires.
“These initiatives will sustain jobs and local businesses, improve facilities and encourage people to visit regional communities and world heritage sites,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
“We are talking about projects that will create lasting legacies in regional centres, small towns and on the Great Barrier Reef, which will be a big boost to local communities.”
Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley said that the announcements showed the Morrison Government is delivering practical and lasting environmental outcomes, partnering with both State and Territory governments and local communities.
“We want to bring people closer to our wonderful heritage places/natural environment and we want to help them be a part of protecting and preserving our environment for generations to come.”