David Templeman

David Templeman

Minister for the Environment; Climate Change; Peel

    Management plan for Kennedy Range National Park

    30/04/2008 12:00 AM

    A management plan for Kennedy Range National Park and proposed additions was released today by Environment Minister David Templeman.


    Kennedy Range National Park is 150km east of Carnarvon and 15km north of Gascoyne Junction. The park and its proposed additions extend over almost 320,000 hectares.


    The proposed additions of 177,377ha were bought through the Gascoyne Murchison Strategy with Commonwealth Government assistance under the Natural Heritage Trust. They comprise the former Mooka pastoral lease and parts of seven other adjoining leases which were announced last September as part of the single biggest addition to the conservation estate in Western Australia’s history.


    Mr Templeman said the range was a remarkable landscape feature that rose about 100 metres above the surrounding plain. It was an isolated remnant of an older land surface.


    “The park has outstanding geology and scenic beauty,” he said.


    “The area is rich in fossils, including rare semi-precious gemstones and mookaite, a kind of jasper.


    “The area also provides evidence of the rich pastoral history, including the disused Binthalya homestead and the relics of the old Merlinleigh homestead.”


    The Minister said the plan was prepared by the Department of Environment and Conservation on behalf of the Conservation Commission of WA. It was developed in consultation with the local community including surrounding pastoralists.


    “The plan includes management strategies for conserving and protecting the natural environment in conjunction with sustainable and low-impact visitor activities,” he said.


    “To accommodate increasing visitation, new camping facilities and walk trails are proposed at recreation sites on the east side of the range that are accessible to two-wheel-drive vehicles, while the west side will cater for low-key four-wheel-drive-based camping and exploration.”


    Copies of the plan are available from DEC offices in Geraldton and Carnarvon or from the department’s website http://www.naturebase.net/content/view/104/801/  


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