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Western Australia Minister for Environment Bill Marmion

New Partners In Kimberley Conservation

Victor P Taffa

  • $2.1 Million over 3 years allocated to Australian Wildlife Conservancy
  • First public-private partnership under Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy
  • Programs focus on fire, feral animals and weeds

The State Government has announced a funding agreement totalling $2.1 Million over three years to the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) for three conservation projects in the Kimberley.

Environment Minister Bill Marmion said the funding was provided to the AWC under the Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy.

“Two of the projects involve AWC delivering improved conservation management of the Tablelands pastoral lease and the Artesian Range/Charnley River area within the Charnley pastoral lease.” Mr. Marmion said.

“This includes controlling feral animals and weeds as well as minimising the impact of widespread bushfires late in the dry season.”

“The Government has also agreed to fund EcoFire, which has delivered outstanding conservation results across 13 pastoral properties between Theda Station near Kalumburu and AWC’s Mornington property south of the Gibb River Road.”

“These projects will extend over a wide area including the upper catchments of the Fitzroy, Chamberlain and Durack rivers and will protect important habitat for a number of threatened species such as the northern quoll, Gouldian finch and purple-crowned fairy-wren.”

The Minister said working with partners across the landscape to implement programs to manage fire, feral animals and weeds was a key component of the Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy.

“Each of the funded projects also meets a further objective of the strategy to engage and employ local Aboriginal people on their traditional lands” Mr. Marmion said.

“The AWC projects will be undertaken collaboratively with station owners, Aboriginal groups and the Department of Environment and Conservation.”

Fact File

  • EcoFire project has won several awards, including the State’s top environment award in 2008
  • The Artesian Range includes areas of rainforest & is likely to contain plant species found nowhere else in Australia and is also home to several threatened endemic mammals
  • The Tablelands Project will involve a partnership between AWC & the Yulumbu Aboriginal Corporation

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