Hon Albert Jacob BEnvDes M.Arch JP MLA

Hon Albert Jacob BEnvDes M.Arch JP MLA

Former Minister for Environment; Heritage

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Hon Terry Redman MLA

Former Minister for Regional Development; Lands; Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development

    Our State Budget 2015-16 - Protecting and supporting our community: Key investment in Kimberley conservation

    22/05/2015 12:00 AM
    • $9.51m allocated to Kimberley conservation works in 2015-16

    Ongoing work in the Kimberley to establish a five million hectare network of marine and national parks and other major conservation measures will receive a State Budget allocation of more than $9 million in 2015-16.


    The investment is part of the State Government’s $81.5 million Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy, which aims to protect the Kimberley region’s unique natural assets.


    Environment Minister Albert Jacob said priorities included $1.2 million from the Government’s Royalties for Regions program to work with traditional owners on establishing the Kimberley National Park and a new national park at Horizontal Falls.


    “The recent termination of the State Agreement to develop the bauxite resource at Mitchell Plateau will allow more than 175,000 hectares of the plateau to be included in the new Kimberley National Park,” Mr Jacob said.


    “Work with Dambimangari, Wunambal Gaambera and Wilinggin traditional owners will continue to create and jointly manage this reserve, which will become Australia’s biggest national park.


    “Through joint management, more than 200 traditional owners are engaged in activities to help protect country and manage environmental threats, and 50 employment contracts have been provided for Aboriginal rangers. This is a very strong outcome for Kimberley communities.


    “Also in 2015-16, we are investing $3.5 million to continue implementing the Landscape Conservation Initiative, focusing on prescribed burning and feral animal and weed control.


    “The Government will also continue to progress development of indigenous land use agreements and joint management arrangements with traditional owners.”


    Regional Development Minister Terry Redman acknowledged there was significant potential for local communities through the Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy.


    “Protecting the natural and cultural values of the Kimberley will deliver environmental, social and economic benefits to the wider region,” Mr Redman said.


    “Royalties for Regions invests in strategic initiatives to improve services and infrastructure in regional Western Australia.”


    Fact File

    • The $81.5m Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy is the largest ever targeted investment in the Kimberley, creating WA’s biggest system of marine and terrestrial parks and providing opportunities for nature-based tourism and Aboriginal employment

    Environment Minister’s office - 6552 5800

    Regional Development Minister’s office - 6552 6700