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Survey to help manage island

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September 08, 2017

THE North Central Catchment Management Authority is keen to hear what residents in and around Koondrook, Cohuna, Gunbower and Leitchville value about Gunbower Island.

THE North Central Catchment Management Authority is keen to hear what residents in and around Koondrook, Cohuna, Gunbower and Leitchville value about Gunbower Island.

In mid-September, Charles Sturt University researchers will deliver 500 random surveys to residents in the area on behalf of the North Central CMA, seeking their views, value and ideas about the island.

‘‘Gunbower Island is internationally recognised for its environmental values. The island is also very important socially and economically to the local and broader region,’’ CSU professor Allan Curtis said.

‘‘This survey asks about how locals value Gunbower Island, the issues that are important to them, their knowledge of Gunbower Island and their views about how the area should be managed into the future.’’

All results will be confidential and analysed by CSU.

North Central CMA acting project manager Amy Russell said the information would be used to help manage a series of projects around the island.

‘‘We manage three main environmental projects in the area worth more than $5 million, focussing on controlling pests, managing healthy river and wetland flows and improving awareness of the environmental and cultural values of Gunbower Island,’’ she said.

The survey should take about 20 minutes to complete and extensive knowledge of Gunbower Island is not needed.

The results will be presented to the public in early 2018.

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