Humpback whale tailThe Draft Management Program for managing interactions with humpback whales along the Ningaloo Coast was open for public comment from 13 January to 13 February 2020. The draft sets out humpback whale management arrangements for the Ningaloo Coast. It focuses on in-water interactions but also considers recreational activities, commercial whale watching and other operations. The draft has been prepared by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions in consultation with Gnulli joint management partners, commercial operators and scientists. Public input to the draft will help inform the management of humpback whales and is highly valued.

Public submissions on this plan closed on 13 February 2020.

Aerial view of the park and Collie River from the Elbow

The creation of two regional parks (Preston River to Ocean Regional Park and Leschenault Regional Park) was an election commitment of the State Government and is a part of Plan for Our Parks . The Regional Park Community Advisory Committee has recommended that the two parks be amalgamated into one regional park, which the Kalgulup Regional Park Draft Management Plan 2020 has adopted.

Ningaloo Marine Park coastal strip

Photo – Aerial view over the Ningaloo Marine Park coastal strip to the southern end of Cape Range. Photo - DBCA

Pilbara inshore islands

The Pilbara inshore islands nature reserves and proposed additions draft management plan 2020 was prepared for 174 small islands, islets and rocks, comprising over 13,000 hectares, between Exmouth Gulf and Cape Preston (‘the Pilbara inshore islands’). Developed in accordance with the Conservation and Land Management Act 1984, the plan provides guidance for how the natural, cultural and social values of the islands will be protected and conserved over the next 10 years and into the future.

Aerial view over Niiwalarra Island. Photo – DBCA

Aerial view over Niiwalarra Island. Photo – DBCA

The Conservation and Parks Commission, the Balanggarra Aboriginal Corporation, and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions advise that the Proposed Niiwalarra Islands (Sir Graham Moore Islands) National Park and Lesueur Island Nature Reserve draft joint management plan 2019 has been released for public comment.

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