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Kalbarri National Park coastal cliffs restoration wins WA Coastal Award

New visitor panels at Kalbarri National Park
New visitor panels at Kalbarri National Park

 

A decade-long project to restore and enhance the picturesque coastal cliffs at Kalbarri National Park has won a coveted Western Australian Coastal Award for Excellence 2013.

The Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) received the Coastal Development/Design Award for the Kalbarri National Park Coastal Cliffs Restoration Project last month at the WA State Coastal Conference in Esperance.

Major improvements to visitor facilities at Kalbarri National Park’s coastal cliffs included: the construction of 600m of recycled plastic boardwalk and more than 1500m of asphalt paths; the design and installation of visitor signs; and the construction of picnic facilities at Natural Bridge.

DPaW senior ranger and project manager Mike Paxman said the team that worked on the restoration project was delighted to receive the award.

“This award is a great acknowledgement of everyone who gave up their time and went the extra mile over the last ten years to breathe new life into the wonderful Kalbarri coastal cliffs,” he said.

“We are thrilled that our work means park visitors are now enjoying an enriched experience, while the clifftops’ unique plant communities will be preserved for many years to come.”

In addition, DPaW officer and shorebird expert Kim Onton took home the Individual Contribution award for her voluntary work on BirdLife Australia’s Shorebirds 2020 program, which is gathering important information needed to conserve visiting migratory shorebirds.

DPaW Acting Director General Jim Sharp congratulated staff and volunteers at Kalbarri National Park for their dedication and commitment to the restoration project.

“The DPaW staff and volunteers who worked tirelessly on this innovative project have ensured these magnificent cliffs are protected for present and future generations,” he said.

“With its scenic gorges, soaring sea cliffs and exciting water-based activities, Kalbarri National Park remains one of the State’s most popular parks with more than 305,000 visits in 2011 and 2012.

“I was also delighted to see Kim recognised for the fantastic work she has done as a voluntary coordinator on the Shorebirds 2020 study.”

 

Last modified on Monday, 02 September 2013 11:16