Coastal conservation plan published online May 15

THE draft council plan has been released for the management of Gympie region's delicate and environmentally significant foreshore areas

Mayor Mick Curran says the plan will be available for public inspection and assessment at council libraries and on its website, ''.

It will be available for comments until May 15, he said.

"The plan was created following community consultation, which was part of the preparation of the Cooloola Conservation Strategy, Cr Curran said.

It replaces the original Tin Can Bay Foreshore Management plan which was drafted and implemented in the 1990s.

Cr Curran said the council was trying to achieve a balanced management approach which would comply with relevant laws and consider a range of viewpoints.

He said the plan was intended to be flexible and responsible to changing circumstances and would seek to have foreshore reserves managed to enhance and maintain natural values, while maximising recreational opportunities.

"The foreshore areas are widely appreciated, beautiful, environmentally significant and are surrounded by internationally protected Ramsar wetlands," he said.

Community feedback would also help the council to develop the council's Marine Plants Management Strategy.

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