The world-renowned Horizontal Falls in the Kimberley region, one of the great wonders of the natural world, is being protected with the creation of the Lalang-garram/Horizontal Falls and North Lalang-garram marine parks.
Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the creation and joint management of these two new parks would ensure the long-term future of this unique conservation, cultural and ecotourism destination.
It brings to five, the number of marine parks established so far by the Liberal National Government in the Kimberley, delivering unprecedented environmental outcomes along with tourism and job opportunities.
Western Shield has been announced a joint winner of the ‘Managing the environment’ category at the Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Public Sector Management.
As Parks and Wildlife's flagship wildlife program, achievements under Western Shield include protecting wild populations of more than 30 threatened species, establishing another 37 new populations, and baiting more than 3.8 million hectares for introduced predators each year. The program has also led to the removal of the quenda and tammar wallaby from State threatened species list.
The award was shared with the City of Bayswater’s Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary nutrient stripping wetland, a project also delivered jointly by the department. It was the third year in a row the department has won the category. The awards recognise and reward the most outstanding initiatives and achievements for the State’s public sector throughout the year.
Environment Minister Albert Jacob has approved funding of $22.5 million to reintroduce native animals to Dirk Hartog Island National Park for stage two of an ecological restoration project.
Mr Jacob said the Liberal National Government funding would enable 10 locally extinct mammal species and one bird species to be returned to the island.
The island is the site of Western Australia's first recorded European landing by Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog on October 25, 1616.