McGowan Govt Expands Yalgorup National Park

McGowan Govt Expands Yalgorup National Park

Western Australia Minister for Environment Stephen Dawson

Yalgorup National Park To Be Expanded

Victor P Taffa

  • 1,001 ha to be added to internationally recognised Yalgorup National Park 

McGowan Government has today announced it will add 1,001 ha of Class A conservation reserve within world-renowned Yalgorup National Park.

“Inclusion of this conservation significant land will provide further protection for Yalgorup National Park and avoid fragmentation of its landscapes from development.” Minister for Environment Stephen Dawson said.

“It will improve management of the park’s outstanding environmental, cultural and recreational values and provide a buffer for the internationally recognised Peel-Yalgorup Ramsar wetland.”

Located just over 100 km south of Perth, Yalgorup National Park contains the internationally recognised Peel-Yalgorup Ramsar wetlands which provide habitat for migratory shorebird species as well as resident species such as the hooded plover.

Yalgorup National Park also supports critical habitat for the endangered Carnaby’s cockatoo and the vulnerable listed western ringtail possum.

This reservation in the heart of Yalgorup National Park will ensure the long-term management and protection of critically important banksia and tuart woodlands.

The move is part of the State Government’s plan to increase the protection of threatened species and ecological communities through the expansion of the formal reserve system.

Yalgorup National Park is the first in a number of conservation reserve expansions planned by the McGowan Government in the Perth and Peel regions, and will include new Class A conservation reserves across the metropolitan region within Beeliar, Yellagonga, Rockingham Lakes and Jandakot regional parks among others.

1,001 ha were purchased in 2016 as an offset for the Roe 8 project.