New project aims for recreation to 'leave no trace' on the Pilbara

A new project managed by Leave No Trace Australia has been established in the Pilbara to address issues associated with the impacts of recreation on the Pilbara coast.

The aim of the project, funded by Rangelands NRM, is to address the increasing impact of visitors and new emerging communities participating in recreational activities along the region’s coastline.

A number of studies and reports have been undertaken on the Pilbara coast that identified recreational activities as an emerging issue. However, responsibility for recreation issues and management lies with a number of stakeholders, and with increased populations living on and accessing the coast there is a need for the Pilbara community to ensure the unique recreational experiences remain available and are not degraded.

Leave No Trace Australia will be working closely with coastal stakeholders including local governments and Indigenous groups, pastoralists, miners, and government agencies to facilitate improved co-ordination between stakeholders.

“Improved awareness of the natural and cultural values of the coastline, co-ordinated investments, and best practice behaviours to minimise impacts to ensure recreational areas can withstand population pressures is essential,” Cameron Crowe from Leave No Trace said.

“A number of good initiatives have been undertaken and the rapid transformation of the Pilbara means there are stresses and strains that require attention to maintain the great experiences currently available.”

The project will promote collaboration on targeting of key issues and strategies. This may include resourcing identified programs and developing new projects with community groups in order to improve outcomes, and building on successful industry initiatives such as the CITIC Pacific Recreation Use Management Plan that was Highly Commended in the 2012 Western Australian Environment Awards.

For more information, contact Cameron Crowe at Leave No Trace Australia. Email | Mobile 0438 501112.

Image ©Leave No Trace - The beach at Hearsons Cove - This is the beach is the main swimming beach for residents of Karratha and Dampier. It was a very family friendly area with shaded tables and barbecues. The change at Hearsons cove is unbelievable, it used to be a great beach but now it is covered in campfire impacts, broken glass and cigarette butts.