The State Government has signed an Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) with the Nyangumarta people to enable the creation and joint management of Eighty Mile Beach Marine Park and adjacent land reserves in the Kimberley.
Environment Minister Albert Jacob said it was the first ILUA to be signed under the State Government’s $81.5million Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy.
“This agreement is a significant achievement and will provide for the creation and joint management of Eighty Mile Beach Marine Park and Walyarta and Kujungurru Warrarn conservation reserves within Nyangumarta country,” Mr Jacob said.
“A key priority for the State Government at Eighty Mile Beach is to work closely with traditional owners to ensure their country continues to be well managed for future generations.
“The Department of Parks and Wildlife has already established good working relationships with Nyangumarta people through the marine park planning process and on-ground works such as turtle monitoring, fencing, conservation and cultural interpretive signage.
“The signing of the agreement formalises this partnership and also provides for the employment of two Nyangumarta rangers and funding of $120,000 per annum for joint management of the reserves.”
Attorney General Michael Mischin said the agreement was the first of four currently under way at Eighty Mile Beach.
“Negotiations are under way for three more ILUAs with the Karajarri and Ngarla native title holders and a jointly determined native title area shared between Nyangumarta and Karajarri people,” Mr Mischin said.
“The creation of Eighty Mile Beach Marine Park and adjacent conservation reserves will have a positive impact on regional tourism, increasing the profile and level of visitation to this unique part of Western Australia.”
Creation of the Walyarta reserve will mean the unique inland wetland at Mandora Marsh, part of the Eighty Mile Beach Ramsar site, will be protected
Eighty Mile Beach Marine Park is one of five new marine parks to be established under the Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy
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