From 1July 2015, the staff and functions of the Swan River Trust were merged with the Department of Parks and Wildlife.
The new combined Trust and Parks and Wildlife workforce will unite a range of expertise leading to streamlined river management services and improved protection of the Swan Canning Riverpark.
The Department has created a new Rivers and Estuaries Division which, working with other divisions, will ensure a focus on the highest priorities in river science, protection, conservation and management.
The Swan River Trust remains as an advisory body, providing planning and other advice to the Minister for Environment and to the Director General of the Department.
The Trust’s other key role is overseeing the development and implementation of a River Protection Strategy to ensure coordinated management efforts across government to help protect the river system.
The close relationship the Swan River Trust has forged with its many stakeholders will continue, as will key river management operations.
River conservation efforts will be significantly boosted by Parks and Wildlife’s expertise and capacity and by the involvement of its own volunteer network of some 4,700 dedicated West Australians. The management of the Riverpark will be integrated with the conservation and promotion of Western Australia’s national parks and marine parks.
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Draft management plans for two of Broome’s natural jewels—the Proposed Yawuru Nagulagun / Roebuck Bay Marine Park and the Yawuru Birragun Conservation Park have been released for public comment.
These two areas will be jointly managed by Parks and Wildlife and the Yawuru native title holders and form part of the Yawuru conservation estate. The proposed marine park will be the third of five marine parks to be created by the State Government under its Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy.
Broome is an internationally renowned tourist destination and gateway for tourists to explore the Kimberley. The Yawuru conservation estate’s natural rugged beauty, spectacular turquoise waters and abundant wildlife offer a variety of attractions and opportunities for cultural and nature-based tourism.
The plans are open for public comment for three months until Friday 25 September 2015. View the Yawuru conservation estate management plans Have your say page.
The magnificent Mitchell Plateau will be included in a new Kimberley National Park, thanks to an historic agreement between the State Government, Rio Tinto and Alcoa of Australia.
Premier and State Development Minister Colin Barnett announced he would introduce legislation to State Parliament to terminate a State Agreement for the development of an alumina refinery and bauxite mine in the Mitchell Plateau region of the Kimberley.
“The Mitchell Plateau and the Mitchell Falls are spectacular and unique landscapes in Australia and will be the jewels in the crown of the new Kimberley National Park,” the Premier said.
“I am delighted that thanks to this agreement, this extraordinary landscape will now be conserved.”
Mr Barnett said the termination of the Alumina Refinery (Mitchell Plateau) Agreement 1971 would allow more than 175,000 hectares of land on the Mitchell Plateau to be included in the proposed Kimberley National Park, which would extend over more than two million hectares and be surrounded on its coastal boundary by new marine parks.