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Friday, 27 June 2014 08:39

Protecting the nature of the Kimberley

Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy Key achievements of the Landscape Conservation InitiativeThe Landscape Conservation Initiative—the largest conservation project ever undertaken in Western Australia—was established in 2011 as part of the State Government's 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.

Find out about our pdfkey achievements so far.

Thursday, 07 November 2013 13:51

Whales protected in Kimberley marine park plan

Humpback whale calving grounds will be protected and Aboriginal employment opportunities increased as part of the Lalang-garram / Camden Sound Marine Park Joint Management Agreement, signed today with traditional owners in Derby.

The agreement, between the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) and the Dambimangari Aboriginal Corporation, is the first such agreement for any marine park in Western Australia.

It confirms the Liberal National Government’s commitment to managing the park with traditional owners.

In Derby today, Environment Minister Albert Jacob also released the Lalang-garram / Camden Sound Marine Park management plan, the first to be created for a marine park under the State Government’s Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy.

Mr Jacob said the plan outlined a range of strategies to conserve the values of the area, including the southern hemisphere’s biggest humpback whale calving ground.

“As well as protecting the principal calving area of humpback whales, it also is important for conserving flatback and green turtles, snubfin and Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins, dugong, saltwater crocodiles, several species of sawfish and a wide range of marine habitats,” he said.

“The creation of this park, along with other parks under the Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy, will not only protect the ocean environment, it will pave the way for training and employment opportunities for traditional owners.

“The Government is negotiating an indigenous land use agreement with the Dambimangari Aboriginal Corporation that will provide for a range of further opportunities for the traditional owners to be integrally involved in looking after their country

“These opportunities include support for ranger programs and other employment and training initiatives that will help protect the cultural and environmental values of country.”

The park ultimately will cover more than 7,000 square kilometres (700,000 hectares) once the park boundary is extended to the high water mark.

The Government has provided $10million over four years to DPaW and the Department of Fisheries for park management.  It also is providing $2.2million a year for ongoing management in the years from 2015-16.

Find out more and read the management plan

MEDIA CONTACT: Minister’s office - 6552 5800

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

Media contact: Media contact: Aimee Jones - 6552 5800 or 0400065595

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