PROJECT UNITE FOR A WHOLE OF COMMUNITY APPROACH
The whole community should be informed and be involved in planning and decision making - ranging from recreational visitors to scientists and commercial operators, including fishing folk and tourism operators. This "whole of community" approach taps in local knowledge, which teamed with science can generate practical environmental solutions. An official community and scientific Abrolhos Island Advisory Committee could be developed, like the Rottnest Islands Authority or Great Barrier Reef Advisory Committee.
The Abrolhos Islands and surrounding waters were vested with the Minister of Fisheries for conservation of flora and fauna, tourism and for purposes associated with fishing industries. In July 2019, the Houtman Abrolhos Islands National Park was gazetted for uninhabited islands above the high tide mark, excluding leased body corporate land. An interagency project team has been formed to facilitate the "whole of government" approach. HACN supports bottom up rather than top down management to harness the power of local knowledge.
HACN supports environmental impact assessment for proposed developments at the islands, including the currently proposed DBCA operational base on East Wallabi Island and potential camp grounds on other islands. We insist on open and transparent planning and decision making. The islands are too precious to wreck.