Australia’s largest national park, which will extend over more than two million hectares from Secure Bay north of Derby to the Mitchell Plateau in the north Kimberley, and a new national park at the internationally recognised Horizontal Falls.
the State Government created Lalang-garram / Camden Sound Marine Park and Eighty Mile Beach Marine Park, with three more marine parks to be created in the waters of Roebuck Bay around Broome, at Horizontal Falls in Talbot Bay, and across the north Kimberley. The five parks will protect three million hectares of sea country and treble the area of marine parks and reserves in Western Australia, from about 1.5 million hectares in 2008 to more than five million hectares.
new terrestrial reserves for Kimberley islands with the highest conservation significance, and the new Prince Regent National Park converted from a nature reserve to give it the security of tenure of a class A reserve and promote better management of nature-based tourism in the area. Prince Regent National Park contains half of the known bird and animal species in the Kimberley.
a Conservation Reserve Corridor linking Prince Regent and Drysdale River national parks through voluntary partnerships and joint management with traditional owners and pastoralists.
Further linkages to connect existing parks and reserves will also be progressed as the strategy is implemented.
The internationally significant north Kimberley is being protected and maintained at a landscape scale (the Landscape Conservation Initiative) to manage fire and to address the threats posed by introduced animals including cane toads and weeds, which extend across property boundaries. It is being carried out by Parks and Wildlife in partnership with traditional owners, pastoralists, conservation groups and other land managers.
The Kimberley Wilderness Parks and joint management of the new marine and terrestrial parks will create significant opportunities for local Aboriginal people to be employed working on country, with 20 Dambimangari, Ngala, Nyungamarta and Yawuru traditional owners already employed by Parks and Wildlife in the Lalang-garram / Camden Sound Marine Park, Eighty Mile Beach Marine Park and the Proposed Yawuru Nagulagun Marine Park.