Parks and Wildlife recently hosted a delegation from China’s Danxiashan National Park. The delegation’s visit is part of the ongoing collaboration and sharing of information under a sister park relationship between Danxiashan National Park and WA’s Purnululu National Park - both World Heritage-listed areas.
In Kununurra, the members were given an overview of the management operations of Purnululu National Park and met with Indigenous rangers. They also visited Elephant Rock, Mini Palms Gorge Walk, Kungkalanyi Lookout, Echidna Chasm Walk and Mirima National Park.
Back in Perth, the delegation were provided with a cultural experience at Yanchep National Park and met with Environment Minister Albert Jacob.
Director General Jim Sharp interviewed delegates Mr Duan Pingbo, Deputy Director of the Danxiashan Administrative Committee of Shaoguan City and Mr Young Ng, Senior Advisor at Danxia Geopark Global, Guandong. The interview was filmed in Cathedral Gorge, Purnululu National Park, in Western Australia’s Kimberley Region.
Where else in the world can you camp along the coastline with a World Heritage listed marine park on your doorstep, stunning coral reef metres from the shore, and the opportunity to get away from it all?
The State Government is creating conservation and recreation reserves along the spectacular Ningaloo coast to ensure that this area is protected and remains accessible to the public now and for future generations.
The reserves will be created over land that was taken out of pastoral leases in 2015.
For more information, visit the Ningaloo Coast page.
The Liberal National Government is forging ahead with its commitment to decentralise public sector agencies, with development starting soon on the new Department of Parks and Wildlife headquarters in Bunbury.
Premier Colin Barnett, on site in Bunbury today, said although decentralisation had been talked about for the past 30 years, very little had actually been done by previous governments to deliver such an outcome for regional communities.
"The relocation of parts of the public service, in this case Parks and Wildlife headquarters to Bunbury, will attract new investment and skills to the region and provide ongoing economic and social benefits," Mr Barnett said.
"The move will initially see 100 staff from Parks and Wildlife located in the new development, generating more than $25 million per year for the local economy, with plans for the number of staff to increase to 300 within 10 years."
The Landscape Conservation Initiative—the largest conservation project ever undertaken in Western Australia—was established in 2011 as part of the State Government’s $81.5 million Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy, to retain and enhance the high biodiversity and landscape values in the north Kimberley.
This visionary project is being implemented by the Department of Parks and Wildlife in collaboration with native title holders and Indigenous ranger groups, government agencies, non-government organisations and pastoralists to protect biodiversity values across property boundaries in the north and central Kimberley. Together, these partners are managing fire; the impacts of feral animals; and the impacts of invasive plants across an area of more than 65,000 square kilometres (6.5 million hectares) that includes pastoral properties, Aboriginal Lands Trust Reserves, private conservation areas and parks and reserves managed by the Department of Parks and Wildlife
Key achievements of the Landscape Conservation Initiative to date