Hon Albert Jacob BEnvDes M.Arch JP MLA

Hon Albert Jacob BEnvDes M.Arch JP MLA

Former Minister for Environment; Heritage

    New Kimberley conservation reserves

    18/10/2016 8:30 AM
    • First jointly vested reserves under new CALM Act amendments 

    The Liberal National Government has created a 230,000 hectare conservation park in the Kimberley, taking the area of reserves created in the region since 2008 to more than 1.1 million hectares.


    The Walyarta Conservation Park and five other new parks and reserves adjoin Eighty Mile Beach Marine Park between Port Hedland and Broome.


    Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the new park and reserves were the result of the State Government's partnerships with traditional owners - the Karajarri, Nyangumarta and Ngarla people.


    The reserves were also the first to be jointly vested under recent amendments to the Conservation and Land Management Act 1984.


    "The creation and joint management of these conservation areas delivers on the Liberal National Government's commitment to protect the region's natural and cultural values under the Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy," Mr Jacob said.


    "We have worked with traditional owners to develop Indigenous Land Use Agreements that provide conservation as well as direct employment opportunities for Aboriginal people, in on-ground land management roles and Aboriginal ranger programs."


    The Minister said Walyarta Conservation Park protected internationally significant wetlands of the Eighty Mile Beach Ramsar site.


    "The area is of great cultural significance to traditional owners because it was used historically by Aboriginal people as they traversed the country from inland to the coast," he said.


    "The new reserves will ensure these important cultural sites are protected while enabling traditional owners to continue to enjoy and maintain their customary practices, protect native plants and animals, and promote local tourism and visitor opportunities."


    Fact File

    • Walyarta Conservation Park contains threatened and priority ecological communities, including one of only two inland mangrove communities in Australia
    • The $103.6 million Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy is the largest targeted conservation investment in the Kimberley
    • The strategy is creating the largest interconnected system of marine and national parks in the State to be jointly managed with traditional owners 

    Minister's office - 6552 5800


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