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Centre. 2.3 DETAILS OF THE CENTRE The Centre would represent and promote: Tourist interest: Points of interest around the rivers to tourists Heritage information Aboriginal culture with tours, events and displays Heritage information as colonial to the present. Swan Canning River information: River health and progress toward pollution and fauna and aquatic targets. It could perhaps accommodate some or all the proposed Swan River Trust (3.4) administration. Represent a focus for community participation – like the globally recognised program as in Queensland as the Healthy Water Ways program that looks after the health of the Brisbane River and Morton Bay. That program provides publicly accessible information using a simple score card system. 2.4 POLICY POSITION 2.4.1 RIVER MISMANAGEMENT An independent report by My Clean River (MCR) has shown that in the past decade, not only has the public not been fully informed, but the river protection law has not been fully applied while there are initiatives that could deal directly with the source of the problems. Some examples include; The Swan River Trust, before it was absorbed by Dept. of Parks and Wildlife (DPAW), had two of its annual reports shelved by the responsible Minister in 2012 and 2013. The Auditor General Report of 2014, said “…..some small scale programs have contributed to improving the condition of the rivers but the Trust has had little success in addressing the broader scale issues that would likely lead to measurable improvement in river health. DPAW, and other agencies such as the Dept. of Fisheries, do not report on the decline of the river’s aquatic life or birds, even producing reports that include an image of a happy family catching prawns which are having to be restocked. Relevant legislation introduced in 2006 by the then Labor Government (the Swan and Canning Rivers Management Act 2006) has not been effected properly. As noted by the Auditor General, River Improvement Notices are not issued to the polluters. Five oxygen tanks operate to keep the river alive. In the spirit of not informing the public, their signage says they are there to maintain the oxygen levels without declaring the problem is as a result of excessive phosphorus from the use of highly soluble fertilisers that stimulates algal growth that on decaying, absorbs dissolved oxygen. The 2007 Fertiliser Action Plan, which proposed to deal directly with the river’s pollution problem, was replaced a year later by the Coalition government’s Fertiliser Partnership. By excluding the Avon River, the target to halve the pollution cannot be met. Instead some twenty government agencies, managed by DPAW, are now proposing to deal with the problem largely symptomatically.   2.4.2 ENGAGING THE ABORIGINAL PEOPLE The Noongar Aboriginal people are the traditional custodians of the river and the lands. UNEP’s Agenda 21 that Australia has signed, and the Commonwealth’s The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, recognise the role of Indigenous people in the conservation and ecologically sustainable use of Australia's biodiversity. Involving the Indigenous people will help take the river from just being a surface for boating to being an integral part of the land, to live up to its title as a ‘heritage icon’ as proclaimed in 2004, and to respect its profound connection with the Noongar Aboriginal People. Again, this principle of indigenous connection was recently acknowledged in New Zealand. 2.4.3 TOURISM ENHANCEMENT There is evidence that tourists would like to make engagement with the Indigenous people – the Centre will stimulate tourism which influences its location with Elizabeth Quay as a possibility. 2.4.4 RE-CREATE THE SWAN RIVER TRUST In 2015, the agency dedicated to the Swan Canning rivers, the Swan River Trust, was absorbed by the Dept. of Parks and Wildlife. Given the significance of the river to the State, the MCR report recommends the agency should be re-created and perhaps at least partly accommodated at the proposed Centre. 2.5 STRATEGY The Swan Resource 2017 document represents the single most comprehensive and impartial statement on the Swan Canning rivers system. It details the history of legislative management,
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