Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Eighty Mile Beach marine park: New agreement

The state government and Ngarla people will jointly manage Eighty Mile Beach Marine Park.

This is the second Indigenous Land Use Agreement reached over the park – the first being with Karajarri and Nyangamarta people.

You can read a media release here:

Hon Albert Jacob MLA

Minister for Environment

 

Hon Michael Mischin MLC

Attorney General

 

Joint Ministerial Statement

 

August 6, 2014

 

New reached partnership for Eighty Mile Beach

 

• ILUA signed with Ngarla people to create and jointly manage Eighty Mile Beach Marine Park and adjoining coastal reserve

• Joint management to provide employment for Ngarla people

 

A second Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) for Eighty Mile Beach has been signed with the Ngarla people, marking significant progress in building and formalising partnerships with traditional owners in the Kimberley.

 

The ILUA, signed recently by Environment Minister Albert Jacob and Attorney General Michael Mischin will enable the joint management of Eighty Mile Beach Marine Park and adjacent terrestrial reserves with the Ngarla people.

 

“This agreement highlights the successful partnerships being developed in the Kimberley between the State Government and native title groups. A key priority for the Liberal National Government is working with Aboriginal groups in the creation of conservation areas to ensure their cultural values are protected and to generate social and economic benefits for communities,” Mr Jacob said.

 

Mr Mischin said the agreement was the second to be reached under the State Government’s $81.5million Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy and one of four ILUAs being developed at Eighty Mile Beach.

 

“These ILUAs will provide for the creation and joint management of Eighty Mile Beach Marine Park and Jarrkurnpang Nature Reserve in Ngarla native title determined lands,” he said.

 

“The agreement also allows for the employment of two members of the Ngarla native title group in full-time equivalent positions in the day-to-day management of the Eighty Mile Beach Marine Park and associated reserves.”

 

Fact File

• ILUA for adjacent waters of the Eighty Mile Beach Marine Park has also been signed with the Nyangumarta people

• Ngarla ILUA includes establishment of a joint management body comprising Ngarla and Department of Parks and Wildlife representatives

• Eighty Mile Beach Marine Park is one of five new marine parks to be established under the Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy

 

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