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Cape York Peninsula's Land & Water Plan seeking insights on top priorities and threats

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Cape York Natural Resource Management is initiating a new Land and Water Plan to oversee natural resource management on Cape York Peninsula.

This plan aims to support NRM across the region, ensuring the well-being and productivity of land, water, soils, habitats, and biodiversity.

Completing the questionnaire presents an opportunity for participants to contribute to the future well-being of the region.

Cape York NRM said on Wednesday that the insights, experiences, and perspectives shared will become essential in shaping the direction of natural resource management efforts.

Whether a participant is a landowner, a traditional custodian, a recreational user, or an individual deeply concerned about the future of Cape York, their input holds significant value.

The effectiveness of the Cape York Peninsula Land & Water Plan relies on the active engagement of community members.

Cape York CEO Pip Schroor said "these questions provide a chance for you to express your views, informing both us and the government about what matters to you in terms of natural resources".

"And finally, we want to know what action we all can take to improve the health of the Cape's natural assets. What is working? What do we need to do more of?," she said.

Participation guarantees that the plan mirrors the varied needs and interests of our community and is rooted in the realities of life on the Cape.

The December 2023 unprecedented flooding has left lasting imprints on communities, homes, livelihoods, and the environment in this region.

Displacement, home destruction, livestock loss, and infrastructure damage serve as stark reminders of vulnerability to natural disasters.

These events emphasise the urgent need for collective efforts to protect our natural resources and enhance resilience amid a changing climate.

The public perspectives will shape the Land and Water Plan for the next decade, integrating current science and traditional knowledge.

Community members can express their views on the top priorities and highlight the threats to these assets online.

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