Ms Letitia Dahl-helm1, Mrs Deborah Furbank1
1Yorke Peninsula Council, Maitland, Australia
The Yorke Peninsula coastal environment is highly regarded by the community. Because of this, coastal management was included in the Yorke Peninsula Council’s Strategic Plan under Strategy 3.7 – Develop and implement a Coastal Management Strategy.
Visitors, holiday home owners and residents are all attracted to the remote coastal environment, which provides a haven for families, anglers, surfers, divers, bushwalkers, cyclists and campers, amongst others. These nature-based tourism activities have been popular on the Yorke Peninsula for generations.
However, the Yorke Peninsula’s coastal environment is a sensitive ecosystem and there are increasing pressures from development, agriculture, tourism, fishing and recreation. There are many management issues that Council are required and wish to address. A Coastal Management Strategy will provide direction to Council and other land managers/stakeholders by developing a framework for the future management of coastal Council land.
The development of the Strategy is a collaborative effort – the community is the main stakeholder and there are many who proactively manage coastal issues. The goodwill and community spirit of Yorke Peninsula people is also considered the region’s biggest asset, which has been greatly evident in the development of the Strategy to date.
Deborah Furbank has lived and worked on the Yorke Peninsula for the past 15 years and has a strong interest in the coastal environment. She has been involved in numerous community focussed conservation and rehabilitation projects on the peninsula, working for state and local government. She is currently working on the development of the Coastal Management Strategy with the Yorke Peninsula Council. Also working as a Council Ranger she has the benefit of firsthand insight into the recreational use of the coastal environment.
Letitia Dahl-helm has 17 years of experience in the environmental sector and is Yorke Peninsula Council’s Environment Officer, a role she has been in since 2011. She has worked on a number of Council coastal projects as well as supporting community group projects. Like Deb, she has a strong passion for conserving Yorke Peninsula’s Council’s unique and remote coastal environment.