The purpose of this position statement is to present principles for the development and implementation of prescribed burning policies and programs on lands vested in the Commission.
The Commission prepares management plans for vested lands and waters through the agency of the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.
Context and Background
Marine parks and reserves in Western Australia are established under the Conservation and Land Management Act 1984 (CALM Act). The Conservation and Parks Commission (Commission) is also established under this Act and is the statutory body to which marine parks and reserves are vested (i.e. legally entrusted).
The Commission plays a pivotal role in the development of management plans, establishment of marine parks and reserves, periodic assessment of management effort and preparation of policy.
The Conservation and Parks Commission considers performance assessment to be a vital component of good governance. To be effective, performance assessment should occur on a periodic, or cyclical, basis to enable the condition of the conservation estate and the effectiveness of management actions to be measured over time. To reinforce its importance, undertaking periodic assessment is a statutory requirement of the Commission.
The Commission’s Position
At times, requests were made to the Commission regarding the removal of sea wrack from beaches in marine parks and reserves to alleviate odour, insect, safety and aesthetic concerns. In principle, the Commission does not support the removal of sea wrack from any marine reserve but special circumstances will be considered.