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Draft joint management plan released for Guniyan Binba Conservation Park

Draft joint management plan released for Guniyan Binba Conservation Park

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson has today encouraged people to have their say on the draft joint management plan for the Guniyan Binba Conservation Park. The Guniyan Binba Conservation Park is an intertidal reserve that covers an area north of Cable Beach to Willie Creek. The park is jointly vested and managed by the Yawuru Registered Native Title Holders Body Corporate, the Shire of Broome, and the Conservation and Parks Commission under the Conservation and Land Management Act 1984. It is managed according to the Yawuru Prescribed Body Corporate Indigenous Land Use Agreement and the Yawuru Area Agreement Indigenous Land Use Agreement. The area features sandy beaches, mangroves and other important habitat for many aquatic, bird, mammal and reptile species including nesting habitat for the threatened…

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Support for Wellington National Park expansion revealed on International Day of Forests

Support for Wellington National Park expansion revealed on International Day of Forests

The McGowan Government has welcomed a positive response to the proposed expansion of Wellington National Park, with the public consultation period now closed. The consultation response, released today on International Day of Forests, is a positive step towards the delivery of this election commitment for the people of the Collie-Preston electorate. The proposed expansion along the southern boundary to the Preston River will provide a focus for tourism along major access routes and enhance opportunities for recreation, while also providing greater protection for flora and fauna. A total of 46 submissions were received, with the vast majority expressing their support for the expansion. Reasons for supporting the proposal included an increased level of protection for the natural environment, and opportunities for developing the local economy…

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Canal Rocks boat ramp to remain open for all users

Canal Rocks boat ramp to remain open for all users

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson has today announced that the popular Canal Rocks boat ramp, near Yallingup, will remain open to all users. The boat ramp has been in operation since the 1970s, with new facilities constructed adjacent to the old ramp in 2002. Over the past decade, the boat ramp has been at risk of closure due to safety concerns associated with its use. The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) engaged marine consultancy, Marico Marine, to undertake an independent risk assessment of the boat ramp, which included a community workshop with key stakeholders. The report recommended the Canal Rocks boat ramp remain open for public use, with ongoing works to improve its safety. This would include moving the finger jetty to the western…

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Murujuga World Heritage nomination in the spotlight

Murujuga World Heritage nomination in the spotlight

The bid to progress the Murujuga World Heritage nomination is advancing, with the first meeting of a newly formed Murujuga World Heritage Committee in Karratha today. The committee includes representatives from the Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation (MAC) and traditional owner groups, State and Federal governments and The University of Western Australia's Centre for Rock Art Research and Management. The heritage committee will work to capture the unique cultural, spiritual and archaeological values of Murujuga, which is home to one of the world's highest concentration of rock art engravings, or petroglyphs. It will provide ongoing advice and direction on the World Heritage nomination to ensure that the area's values are clearly articulated and embodied in the World Heritage nomination.

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$1 million funding for Swan and Canning river foreshore restoration

$1 million funding for Swan and Canning river foreshore restoration

Applications for Riverbank funding that focus on foreshore restoration projects along the Swan and Canning rivers are now open. The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) is calling for expressions of interest to share $1 million in Riverbank funding for 2019-20. A matched 50/50 funding model with foreshore land managers (largely local governments) will result in a minimum $2 million investment in the Riverpark this year. This will support about 15 foreshore stabilisation, restoration and improvement projects. Riverbank funding is supported by the Burswood Park Board and DBCA, and is guided by river-wide condition assessments of foreshore assets and services such as built assets, natural shorelines, vegetation and the Swan Canning Riverpark's public amenity. Expression of interest applications will close by 5pm on April…

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