Coorong and Lower Lakes Community Advisory Panel

Note: We are currently calling for expressions of interest for the Community Advisory Panel. Applications close 19 April. For more information click here

What is the CAP?

The Community Advisory Panel (CAP) was established in 2011 to promote two-way information sharing between the Coorong and Lower Lakes community and government regarding management of the area.

The CAP provides an important link between the diverse communities of the region and the various stakeholders involved in managing it. This ranges from government agencies, such as the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) and the Commonwealth Environmental Water Office, to local government and non-government groups that have a stake in how the site is managed.

The CAP’s origins go back to the 2006 – 2010 drought, after which extensive consultation was conducted to develop a Long Term Plan for managing the future of this unique Ramsar wetland. A range of projects were established and commenced in 2011 under the Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth (CLLMM) Recovery Project. The CAP provides advice specific to the CLLMM Recovery Project activities and water resource planning and operations, including environmental watering.

A typical CAP meeting may include providing advice to government about barrage operation strategies or how to best involve community in planting programs such as the DEWNR Vegetation Program. They also receive the latest information from scientists and researchers about the recovery of the region’s ecological and social systems.

In 2015 the group, along with other key community stakeholders involved in the CLLMM Recovery Project, produced a video to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Coorong, Lakes Alexandrina and Albert being designated a wetland of international significance under the Ramsar Convention. Filmed in various locations around the wetland, it provides a snapshot of the local values and importance of this unique place and encourages everyone to play a role in protecting our wetlands.

Who is the CAP?

The CLLMM CAP is made up of up to 16 community members who have an interest in the management of this internationally important wetland. Members are chosen for their passion and knowledge about the region and its communities, as well as the mix of diverse interests and networks that they bring to the group.

You can find out more about membership of the group on the Lakes Hub website.

The Lakes Hub

The Lakes Hub is also an initiative of the CLLMM Recovery Project and complements the role of the CAP in connecting the local community with management activities such as planting days and ecological monitoring. You can find out more about them on the Lakes Hub website.

The CAP and Lakes Hub will be working with community, government and local organisations for a future in which the Coorong and Lower Lakes community remains engaged and involved in management of this significant wetland.

Funding partners

The Coorong Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth Recovery Project is funded by the South Australian Government’s Murray Futures program and the Australian Government.

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