Culham Inlet Management Group (CIMG)

The Vision

Culham Inlet has a natural setting and a diversity of habitats supporting abundant plant and animal populations, with public access that enables enjoyment of, but not damage to, these natural attributes.

Culham Inlet lies on the eastern boundary of the internationally recognised Fitzgerald River National Park and is 7km west of Hopetoun in the Shire of Ravensthorpe. A large but shallow inlet, this iconic feature remains closed off from the ocean except during major floods.

Culham Inlet is listed on ‘A Directory of Important Wetlands in Australia’ for its importance as a place of habitat and refuge, particularly for birds and for its historical significance. The Inlet is recognised in the South Coast Regional Strategy for Natural Resource Management as an inlet with significant community values and is a priority for management.

The Culham Inlet Management Group (CIMG) was formed to enhance the management of the Inlet and is made up of representatives from local and state government agencies, key organisations and the local community.

The group’s key goal is the implementation of the Culham Inlet Management Plan (2008) with its vision and goals listed. The group utilises RAIN to communicate its goals, meets formally 2-4 times/year and publishes a quarterly newsletter.

CIMG Goals:

  1. To assist, advise and guide Ravensthorpe Agricultural Initiative Network (R.A.I.N) in the implementation of the Culham Inlet Management Plan
  2. To consider any matters referred to the group by the local and wider community which are relevant to the Culham Inlet and/or the Management Plan.

In January 2011 the CIMG held a Field Day at the Inlet to give the wider public greater awareness of the natural values of the Inlet, survey and monitoring work being undertaken and the role of the CIMG. Throughout the year the group has guided the preparation of a Management Plan for the eastern foreshore which was finalised in late October.

A successful Coastwest project grant of $35,000 with in-kind agency contribution of $30,000 will enable the group to design and install public interpretation and recreation facilities for the eastern foreshore area in 2012. This project aims to enhance community understanding and interpretation of the Inlet leading to improved management.

If you wish to assist the CIMG with its goals or contribute to its surveys please contact the group via the RAIN office ph 9838 1018 or rainoffice@westnet.com.au