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WPSP Vision

WPSP Vision

The environment of Western Port and its catchment shall be protected and restored to a state that can sustain a healthy, diverse and naturally productive ecosystem for future generations to enjoy.

WPSP Objectives

In pursuing its vision the Western Port Seagrass Partnership seeks to achieve the following overall objectives:

  • To empower the community to be involved in natural resource planning, management and research in Western Port by providing high quality information and clear opportunities for participation.
  • To provide leadership in developing innovative solutions and projects to tackle challenging natural resource management issues affecting Western Port.
  • To encourage, guide and sponsor research into seagrass and the broader Western Port ecology to ensure decision making is based on sound scientific knowledge.
  • To forge and support strategic partnerships between the community, Government and the private sector to accelerate the implementation of protective and restorative works in the catchment and bay.

History of WPSP

At the EPA sponsored ‘Action Western Port’ conference in May 1999, delegates identified the need for an independent advocate to foster seagrass protection, research and restoration.

EPA asked Professor John Swan to chair a planning committee to consider what sort of organization would be best suited for this purpose and provided assistance to undertake extensive community consultation over a period of about nine months. This consultation suggested the desirability of a not for profit independent and legally constituted organization that could actively promote the protection and restoration of the ecosystems of Western Port.

On 13 July 2000, it was proposed and agreed that a not for profit Company limited by guarantee should be formed, with the name Western Port Seagrass Partnership. The Company would be fully independent of government or vested interests, be community orientated and draw on a wide range of expertise to guide its activities. The aim was to promote partnership based approaches to improving the understanding, protection and restoration of the ecosystems of Western port and its iconic seagrass communities.

By October 2000 an interim Board was appointed with Professor John Swan as inaugural Chairman and initial financial support provided by EPA, BHP. ESSO, and P&O Ports.

The Western Port Seagrass Partnership Limited was established on the 3rd May 2001 with a Trust that was later registered as an Environmental Organization, which enables it to receive donations which are tax-deductible as gifts to charity.

Regular board meetings and AGMs have been held since this time.

WPSP Board 2014/2015

Ian Stevenson – Acting Chairman
Doug Newton – Secretary / Hon Treasurer
John Barnard
John Clarke
Tim Ealey
Moragh Mackay
Dick Cox
Hugh Kirkman
Greg Parry
Nina Bate
Jeff Thomas

WPSP – Annual Report Highlights

2011 / 2012 Annual report highlight - PDF

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