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Perth’s regional parks – providing for biodiversity conservation and public recreation through a multi-agency approach

Parks Cities and towns Urban planning Environment Australia Perth
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Abstract: This paper represents the first stage of a research project examining regional parks in Western Australia. The paper examines the evolution of the eleven regional parks in metropolitan Perth from concept to reality and explores some of the difficulties and benefits of managing parks in an environment where multiple tenure (including private landowners), community engagement and multiple agency involvement across different levels of government is the norm, rather than the exception. The Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) has responsibility for the overall management of regional parks. A number of planning and management issues are discussed in the paper, including the challenges associated with managing multiple tenured and physically fragmented large urban parks. Although not universal across local government, there are some exemplars of a co-operative approach between the DEC and individual local governments. There is also evidence of a high level of community engagement through both on-ground rehabilitation work and the regional park community advisory committees.

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