As a consequence the plan was redrafted and expanded

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As a consequence, the Plan was redrafted and expanded to a Biodiversity Management Plan and a community consultation program was incorporated into the Plan’s redrafting. A significant component of the community consultation was a workshop held over the weekend of 17–19 July 2009, which approximately 100 people attended. Workshop sessions were held on the Friday evening, Saturday morning and Sunday. The sessions included active debate and discussion of: What is a Biodiversity Management Plan and what should it achieve? Values of King Island’s residents. Relevant legislation. Threatened species and priority species for management. Priority sites for management. Threats to biodiversity, including priorities for management. Actions for the future. The workshop demonstrated an array of knowledge and information within the community regarding the Island’s biodiversity, which has been incorporated into the Plan. In addition, dynamics of the ‘human population’ on King Island were also discussed. Those residents present at the workshop believe that the community has a strong passion, love and commitment for the Island. The sense King Island Biodiversity Management Plan 12
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of place and ownership that people feel towards the Island and what happens on their Island was considered to be immense, including comments such as: ‘We have a sense of responsibility for our own future’ 8 King Island has a sense of belonging, a caring society’ 9 ‘The place draws people back, like a magnetic force’ 10 Also evident at the workshop was a strong connection to the environment that is King Island: ‘We have a diversity in our environment that is important to protect’ ‘There is a “willingness and an ability to co-exist with our environment’ Values identified as important to protect for the future of the Island included, but were not limited to: Sense of community; Love of the environment in which we live; Freedom; Successful and productive industries; Shared history; Diverse recreational activities such as horse riding, fishing, surfing, bird watching, walking dogs on the beach, diving, beach combing, motor bike riding, walking and camping; The location; The people. In addition to the workshop, a community meeting was held on the 7 September 2009 to review preliminary actions within the Plan. The preliminary Plan was available for comment to the King Island community from the 14 September to 2 October 2009. Comments received were reviewed by the Plan’s steering committee for inclusion in the Plan. Evident throughout the community consultation period were tensions among social, economic and environmental interests caused by different values, expectations and knowledge . This has been particularly evident in the development of actions to protect shorebirds including threatened species, which centre on the way in which beaches are accessed and used by both humans and birds.
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