- $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
“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
“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
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