"This is an extraordinary amount of new conservation and national parks, more than trebling the size of marine parks in Western Australia," says Premier Colin Barnett. The Kimberley will have Australia's second largest marine park in coastal waters behind the Great Barrier Reef Coast Marine Park, he says.
"Together, the four new marine parks will protect the largest Humpback whale calving area in the southern hemisphere, some of the nation's largest mangrove communities, significant turtle nesting areas, extensive coral reefs, sponge gardens and the area's outstanding scenic values."
But environmental groups say the new marine parks covering Eighty Mile Beach, Roebuck Bay, the north Kimberley coast and a whale birthing haven at Camden Sound are a farce, as they would still vulnerable to industry and the Kimberley coast not protected from petroleum exploration or commercial fishing.
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The marine parks, which will cover 26,000 sq. km of ocean, are part of a Government science strategy to offset the emergence of oil and gas activity with conservation of Kimberley wilderness. The region's first gas processing facility, a $30 billion Woodside LNG plant, is being mooted for a pristine Converse High Tops Grey
The WA Conservation Council's director Piers Verstegen says only 13 percent of Camden Sound, where Humpback whales migrate to each year to give birth, will be fully protected from commercial activity. "This is like creating a national park on land where 90 per cent of its area is left open slather to the logging industry."
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Premier Barnett says the strategy is aimed at "protecting the natural character of the Kimberley wilderness for future generations."
But the State Government's land based parks have been welcomed by WWF. "It's the government thinking at scale, and perhaps testing the water to see if there is strong community support for Kimberley conservation," says Paul.
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The Government's Kimberley conservation package includes a $2.7 million investment in nature based tourism for travellers along the popular Gibb River Road, with better visitor facilities planned for Geikie Gorge, Tunnel Creek and Windjana Gorge national parks.
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