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Additional funding in the State Budget for the management of new marine and national parks in the north Kimberley will boost funding for conservation in the region to an unprecedented $80.5 million.

A further $18.5million from Royalties for Regions (over four years) has been allocated on top of the $63million already committed by the Liberal-National Government to the Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy.

The new funds will support the expansion of the Great Kimberley Marine Park; the creation of a national park at the internationally recognised Horizontal Falls and the establishment of what will be Australia’s biggest national park.

Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the significant investment highlighted the Government’s strong resolve to protect and enhance the State’s remarkable Kimberley marine and landscapes.

“Today’s commitment further builds on the State Government’s Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy - one of the most substantial conservation initiatives in Western Australia’s history,” he said.

“The Liberal-National Government has now allocated an unprecedented $80.5million to ensure the unique biodiversity of our State’s north is preserved for generations to come.

“We will continue to invest in our local and regional communities to ensure we are building stronger and societies.”

From 2014-15, Royalties for Regions funding of $15million has been allocated for the expanded Great Kimberley Marine Park which will incorporate Horizontal Falls, Camden Sound, North Kimberley and a new marine park that will extend to the border of the Northern Territory.

A further $3.5million from this year will be allocated to Australia’s largest national park, which will extend over more than 2million 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.

“Significantly, the creation of Australia’s largest national park across the remote north Kimberley bioregion will protect one of only two bioregions in Australia that has had no recorded extinctions of mammals since European settlement,” Mr Jacob said.

“Together, the new national parks and Great Kimberley Marine Park will form one of the largest interconnected protected areas in the world and significantly enhance the region’s international profile as a premier tourism destination.”

Mr Jacob said establishing joint management arrangements with the traditional owners in the area, including the Dambimangari, Wunambal-Gaambera and Wilinggin people, would be a priority for this year.

Initial management priorities would be burning programs and feral animal and weed eradication in the national parks, which will be carried out in partnership with Aboriginal ranger groups.

Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said Royalties for Regions funding for marine and national parks in the Kimberley would help to protect the region’s unique assets and create opportunities for local tourism businesses.

“This is a great example of the difference Royalties for Regions is making in regional WA, helping to create better places to live, work and invest,” Mr Grylls said

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