- The Wheatbelt Region Parks and Reserves Management Plan 2021 has been gazetted and released by the McGowan Government
- The region features unique natural, cultural heritage and community values
A 10-year management plan for the Wheatbelt's parks and reserves has been released by the McGowan Government.
The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions prepared the final plan on behalf of the Conservation and Parks Commission, in accordance with the Conservation and Land Management Act 1984.
The final plan incorporates changes made following community consultation, including formal submissions made during the two-month public comment period in 2019.
The plan covers specific parks and reserves located across 48 local government authorities totalling more than 1,118,168 hectares, from Dalwallinu in the north to Cranbrook in the south, and from Victoria Plains in the west to Yilgarn and the State Barrier Fence in the east.
The plan protects a high number of species of conservation significance as well as Lake Bryde and Toolibin Lake threatened ecological communities, the latter of which is also a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention.
Areas of outstanding value include Dryandra Woodland, the Wongan Hills Complex, reserves containing eucalyptus woodlands, spectacular granite outcrops and significant Aboriginal sites.
A copy of the plan is available at http://www.dbca.wa.gov.au/managementplans
Comments attributed to Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson:
"The vast Wheatbelt Region accounts for six percent of Western Australia and features unique natural, cultural heritage and community values.
"The plan will help to ensure Wheatbelt parks and reserves are conserved and enhanced for generations to come."
Minister's office - 6552 5900