Hon Albert Jacob BEnvDes M.Arch JP MLA

Hon Albert Jacob BEnvDes M.Arch JP MLA

Former Minister for Environment; Heritage

    Mammals thriving in the prince of parks

    3/01/2016 8:00 AM
     
    • Kimberley survey finds mammals thriving in Prince Regent National Park
    • Survey part of the $81.5 million Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy 

    A recent survey in the remote and stunning Prince Regent National Park in the Kimberley has revealed a wealth of thriving threatened mammal species.

     

    Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the survey found threatened species such as the golden-backed tree rat, golden bandicoot and northern quoll were prospering in the remote north Kimberley coast.

     

    "One of the most important finds was the discovery by remote cameras of the Kimberley sugar glider, a new animal for the park," Mr Jacob said.

     

    The Department of Parks and Wildlife survey was carried out on Mt Trafalgar, an escarpment surrounded by sea and rugged sandstone that can only be reached by helicopter.

     

    Other survey sites included Cascade Creek, near the famous Kings Cascades on Prince Regent River.

     

    "The remoteness of this country along with the fire management being undertaken by Parks and Wildlife, has kept this area almost entirely bushfire-free for eight years," Mr Jacob said.

     

    "Despite below average rainfall in the previous wet season, trap success at both sites was high with the Kimberley rock-rat, scaly-tailed possum and northern brown bandicoot all found at Cascade Creek and the threatened brush-tailed rabbit-rat also recorded at Mt Trafalgar."

     

    Mr Jacob said these finds highlighted the importance of the Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy in conserving the unique and natural values of this region.

     

    The strategy is the largest ever targeted investment in the Kimberley, creating Western Australia's biggest system of marine and terrestrial parks and providing opportunities for nature-based tourism and Aboriginal employment.

     

    A centrepiece of the Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy is creating the State's largest connected system of marine and terrestrial parks.  Prince Regent National Park will become a part of the new Kimberley National Park, covering more than two million hectares.

     

    Fact File

    • The Kimberley sugar glider, a new animal for Prince Regent National Park, was recorded by remote cameras
    • Dambimangari rangers, the park's traditional owners, joined Parks and Wildlife officers to participate in the survey 

    Minister's office - 6552 5800