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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

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

Clare Creegan – 6552 5500 or 0419 763 103

Families and tourists will benefit from improved facilities, better access to the State’s National Parks and better support for caravan and camping following a $40.7million commitment to tourism and the environment in this year’s State Budget.

The Budget commitment fulfills an election promise to make low-cost holidays more accessible to West Australians, both in WA’s national parks and in better facilities for caravanners and campers.

Over the next four years $34.4million in Royalties for Regions funding will go to the Caravan and Camping Action Plan ($14.7 million of which is specifically earmarked for initiatives to improve camping facilities in national parks – with an additional $6.3million allocated to the “Parks for People” initiative).

Environment Minister Albert Jacob said this would provide more high-quality, low-cost campsites in national parks throughout the South West and Mid West over the next four years.

“Visitation to national and marine parks has increased by 55 per cent in the past 10 years and we expect it to grow by another 80 per cent over the next decade,” he said.

“We need to ensure facilities are continually expanded and upgraded so that West Australians can access affordable, high-quality holiday accommodation in our own backyard.

“This is a long term environmental strategy to create a better awareness of the value of our parks and the environment among young people.”

Minister Jacob said the commitment in this year’s budget built on more than $60million for capital works such as parking, walking trails and visitor facilities in more than 25million hectares of State parks since 2008.

Tourism Minister Liza Harvey said the Caravan and Camping Action Plan would ensure more West Australian families can get out and explore more of the State in an affordable way.

“This is about providing direct support to WA’s tourism industry through the promotion of WA’s spectacular natural attractions and the advantages of holidaying at home,” she said

“We want to reconnect our children with nature and our national parks, we want to bring back the family camping trip by providing better facilities and more campgrounds to choose from – while also encouraging our interstate and overseas visitors to take advantage of our spectacular parks.”

“We also want to ensure that commercial caravan parks are supported to attract visitors and provide the best facilities possible.”

Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said the Liberal National Government was committed to transforming regional WA with its record capital works program.

“Through Royalties for Regions we are investing in the future by building long-term assets that will be enjoyed and used by families and visitors for years to come,” he said.

“Tourism is a vital part of the regional economy and this program will help to encourage more people to explore all that regional WA has to offer.”

Projects under the Parks for People scheme will include lookouts, boardwalks, walk trails, camp kitchens, picnic tables and other facilities. A timetable for the projects is currently being developed, however other key capital works to start in national parks this year include:

  • $5.925million for a major road upgrade and visitor facilities in Kalbarri National Park;
  • $2.9million to upgrade viewing structures at The Gap in Torndirrup National Park near Albany;
  • $895,000 for Logue Brook campground north-east of Harvey;
  • $800,000 for Nanga campground redevelopment in Lane Poole Reserve south of Dwellingup;
  • $450,000 for Martins Tank campground in Yalgorup National Park south of Mandurah;
  • $638,000 to develop visitor accommodation through the Naturebank program in Cape Le Grand near Esperance, Francois Peron at Shark Bay and Windjana Gorge, Mt Hart and at Ngamoowalem Conservation Park in the Kimberley; and
  • $900,000 for a campground along the Kalumburu Road in the Kimberley.

    Media contact: Aimee Jones - 6552 5800 or 0400 065 595 (Minister Jacob) or Philippa Perry 6552 5900 or 0409876178 (Minister Harvey) or Clare Creegan 6552 5500 or 0419 763 103 (Minister Grylls)