Hon Ken Baston MLC

Hon Ken Baston MLC

Former Minister for Agriculture and Food; Fisheries

    New app makes a splash in the Kimberley

    29/05/2015 12:00 AM
    • The Saltwater Tales app offers a new insight into Kimberley marine environment
    • A new accreditation program for licensed Kimberley marine tour operators

    Fisheries Minister Ken Baston today launched a new app for mobile devices that will help tourists and locals enjoying the pristine Kimberley to explore the marine environment without even getting their feet wet.


    In Broome, the Minister said the Saltwater Tales app, developed by the Department of Fisheries in collaboration with the Department of Parks and Wildlife and the traditional owners, used rich imagery and language to showcase the region's unique marine wilderness.


    "The Kimberley is one of the most fascinating places in the world and the app enables visitors and locals to unlock some of the region's secrets in the palm of their hand," Mr Baston said.


    "The app will allow tourism operators to build on what is already an amazing experience by bringing 21st century technology to a marine environment that is billions of years old."


    The Minister said the Department of Fisheries was working with Kimberley marine tour operators to offer the app to on-board guests, encouraging them to download it before their tour.


    Mr Baston said the app, developed as part of the State Government's Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy, helped to promote nature and culture-based tourism between Eighty Mile Beach and the Northern Territory border.


    "Some of Australia's most respected organisations including museums and universities, and government departments, have reviewed the app's content and both the Yawuru and Dambimangari traditional owners have made significant contributions," he said.


    The Minister said marine tourism businesses had also taken a major step forward by supporting another Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy initiative from the Department of Fisheries - the new Marine Tourism Accreditation Program.


    "The Tourism Council WA is developing the Department of Fisheries program for industry operators and new, best practice standards have also been launched today to help give those who complete the accreditation program a competitive edge," he said.


    "We are encouraging operators to deliver sound environmental messages, have an understanding of cultural issues and to provide safe and professional services to help their customers appreciate Kimberley wilderness values." 


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