The project involved developing a stakeholder consultation plan and facilitate stakeholder involvement in the development of the Strategy and Management Programme(s);
Establish the vision, values, targets and management arrangements for the River Protection Strategy. It was important to combine environmental imperatives with the recognition of social and economic priorities and link stakeholder input and strategic planning.
Over 1000 Perth residents were consulted including individual stakeholder meetings, focus groups, two large public forums and an Aboriginal specific meeting. A survey was conducted over a period of 3 months with SDF staff surveying over 500 river users along the entire length of the Swan and Canning rivers. User groups and commercial users were provided with a separate survey.
All output documents were accepted by the SRT Board at a series of presentations held throughout the process along with the State of the Rives report. The State of the Rivers report was used to help guide the River protection strategy and Management plan.
SDF has recently also worked with the Trust to assist with research and mapping for the River Protection Strategy and Management Plan implementation.