Marine parks

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:

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Wednesday, August 6th, 2014 Aboriginal, Environment, Government Comments Off

Wilderness Society on new marine park

The Wilderness Society has welcomed the announcement of the new marine park at Camden Sound.

The Wilderness Society's Marine Conservation Officer Jenita Enevoldsen

The Wilderness Society’s Marine Conservation Officer Jenita Enevoldsen

“It’s a huge step forward in formally recognizing traditional owners’ rights to manage their country, by employing existing indigenous rangers to do what they have been doing for millennia, caring for county,” Kimberley marine campaigner Jenita Enevoldsen said.

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Saturday, November 9th, 2013 Aboriginal, Environment Comments Off

Major marine life studies at Eighty Mile Beach

A scientist says Eighty Mile Beach marine park will be the focus of major marine life research.

“The major areas of marine species management are … turtles, coastal dolphins, hump back whales, and dugongs,” DEC Marine Science Program leader Chris Simpson said.

““We don’t know how many dugongs are up there, we don’t know if they are … connected to the Shark Bay population or the Indonesian population.”

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Saturday, March 30th, 2013 Environment, Government Comments Off

Eighty Mile Beach: Indigenous rangers key to marine park

Karajarri Rangers have played a key role in setting up the new Eighty Mile Beach marine park.

Turtle tracks

Turtle tracks

They have also been actively involved in the DEC’s marine turtle monitoring program.

The government is now negotiating with the group to contract out part of the new park’s management.

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Sunday, March 24th, 2013 Aboriginal, Environment, Government Comments Off

Chris Maher on environmental policies

Greens candidate Chris Maher says the major parties are in an “environmental bidding war” for Kimberley votes.

Chris Maher

Chris Maher

He said it was not appropriate to site a gas hub near a marine park, or to allow mining tenements on national parks.

“It is good to see both major parties beginning to value the Kimberley and make plans for extensive areas of national parks, but the Greens are looking for a commitment to the whole region, not just parts of it,” Mr Maher said.

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Saturday, March 2nd, 2013 Business and finance, Environment, Government, Opinion Comments Off

Liberals promise more conservation parks

The Liberals today promised to create Australia’s largest national park, and another new marine park, if re-elected.

Wanjina National Park would extend from Walcott Inlet to Lawley River.

Great Kimberley marine park would cover coastal waters from Talbot Bay to the NT border.

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Thursday, February 28th, 2013 Environment, Government Comments Off

Labor pledges two protected areas

Labor promises to create a new marine park, and a new national park if elected.

Courtesy ALP

Courtesy ALP

The North Kimberley marine park is intended to take in coastline from King Sound to the Cambridge Gulf.

The Fitzroy River National Park would include both sides of the Fitzroy River from Geiki Gorge, to Mornington Staton; and the Margaret River to a point east of Margaret Gorge.

Courtesy ALP

Courtesy ALP

Opposition leader Mark McGowan said the package would include funding to employ Indigenous rangers.

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Friday, February 22nd, 2013 Environment, Government Comments Off

Green group ‘welcomes’ new marine park

A green group has welcomed the announcement of the Eighty-Mile Beach marine park – with some reservations.

A flatback turtle nesting. Photo by Teri Shore

A flatback turtle nesting. Photo by Teri Shore

“This new marine park is a crucial piece of the protection jigsaw for our current government to deliver but other threats to the Kimberley coast remain,” Wilderness Society marine campaigner Jenita Enevoldsen said.

You can read her media release here:

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Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 Environment, Government Comments Off
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