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Funding allows for new regional parks

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Michael PhilippsSouth Western Times

Two new regional parks will be created in the Bunbury region after the State Government provided $10.5 million for the projects in the State Budget.

The creation of the Preston River to Ocean Regional Park will ensure the protection of the area’s biodiversity while maintaining and improving recreational, social and cultural values for the residents of Bunbury and surrounds.

It will create a continuous reserve of almost 900ha from the south of Bunbury, west of the Preston River, to the coast.

The approved funding will enable the Government to create the 2297ha Leschenault Regional Park, which will extend along the Collie and Brunswick rivers westwards across the Swan Coastal Plain.

Bunbury MLA Don Punch said he was pleased to secure the funding for the parks.

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“The Preston River to Ocean Regional Park is very important to the local community,” he said.

“Knowing this environmentally significant land will now be managed and protected a regional park will be warmly welcomed in Bunbury.”

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