Hon Reece Whitby MLA

Hon Reece Whitby MLA

Minister for Environment; Climate Action; Racing and Gaming

Hon Dave Kelly BA MLA

Hon Dave Kelly BA MLA

Former Minister for Water; Forestry; Youth

    New nature reserves in South-West to protect threatened species

    8/09/2022 9:00 AM
    • Creation of new nature reserves in Tone-Perup region
    • Home to WA's largest wild numbat population and other threatened species
    • Marks anniversary of McGowan Government's decision to ban native logging in South-West forests

    The McGowan Government is further highlighting its commitment to protecting the rich biodiversity of our State with the creation of new nature reserves in the South-West region.


    The reserves will add 3,600 hectares to Western Australia's conservation estate, located in the shires of Cranbrook and Manjimup.


    This area hosts a wealth of native animals including threatened species like numbats, woylies, western ringtail possum, chuditch and black cockatoos.


    The new reserves will play an important role in the conservation of native species in the area, linking the Tone-Perup and Unicup nature reserves.


    Today also marks the anniversary of the McGowan Government's historic announcement that it will be banning native forest logging in the South-West from 2024.


    The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions is finalising the draft Forest Management Plan 2024-2033, which will ensure our forests are cared for and maintained.


    The draft plan will be released for public comment later this year. For more information, visit https://www.dbca.wa.gov.au/parks-and-wildlife-service/forests/forest-management-plan


    Comments attributed to Environment Minister Reece Whitby:


    "Our one-of-a-kind forests are a hotspot for native species including the iconic numbat, western ringtail possum and woylie. Adding these new areas to the conservation estate will see these habitats given the highest level of protection.


    "These new nature reserves provide an important ecological link to other reserves in the area supporting our native species.


    "Through the upcoming release of the draft Forest Management Plan 2024-2033, the community will get the chance to have their say in caring for the health of our forests."


    Comments attributed to Forestry Minister Dave Kelly:


    "The decision to end logging of Western Australia's native forests reflects the changing attitudes of the community towards our native forests - cutting down 300-year-old trees is no longer acceptable.


    "Twelve months ago, the McGowan Government made a commitment to support the transition of workers, businesses and communities linked to the native forest industry.


    "We are now implementing the $80 million Native Forestry Transition plan that will support workers, businesses and local communities, as they transition out of native logging by 2024."


    Minister's office - 6552 6300


    *Video: Anniversary of the End of Logging Announcement.