Hon Norman Moore BA DipEd JP MLC

Hon Norman Moore BA DipEd JP MLC

Former Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Fisheries; Electoral Affairs

    State moves to protect Horizontal Falls

    5/12/2012 12:00 AM
     
    • State Government exempts mining near West Kimberley tourist attraction
    • Mining industry supports Government initiative
    • 72 square kilometres protected by exemption 
    The State Government has established a mining exemption area prohibiting future mining activity in an area near the West Kimberley tourist attraction, Horizontal Falls.
     
    Mines and Petroleum Minister Norman Moore said the Mining Act 1978 Section 19 Exemption Area provided greater protection for the attraction than national park status.
     
    “The State has moved to protect the falls due to its unique geological features and subsequent tourism activities in the area,” Mr Moore said.
     
    “The exemption area covers 72 square kilometres of land surrounding the Horizontal Falls.  Current and future mineral exploration and mining activities will be prohibited in this area.” 
     
    Horizontal Falls is located 110km north north-east of Derby in the West Kimberley region.
     
    The announcement of the exemption area comes after pending exploration applications in the area were voluntarily withdrawn by industry operators as a show of support for the State’s move to protect the falls.
     
    As its name suggests, the Horizontal Falls is a rare natural phenomenon where extreme tidal changes cause the sea to rush through two narrow gaps within a major water body - creating a spectacular wild-water visual of nature at its best.
     
    Following the creation of the exemption area, the Horizontal Falls has been nominated for inclusion on the Register of State Geoheritage Sites.
     
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    • State Govt has committed $63m over five years to Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy
    • Karijini National Park also protected by Mining Act 1978 Section 19 Exemption Area 
    Minister’s office - 6552 5400