The Wilderness Society today welcomes the final plans for the
largest marine park in WA’s history—the North Kimberley Marine
Park—which covers 18,000 square kilometres of spectacular reefs,
sponge gardens and global icons, such as King George Falls. It
extends from York Sound in the south, right up to the Northern
'The North Kimberley is an area of spectacular natural beauty,
with landscapes and wildlife like nowhere else on earth, as well as
being home to the most ancient living cultures in existence,' said
Wilderness Society WA Director Jenita Enevoldsen.
'We welcome the final plans today, of stage one of the North
Kimberley Marine Park. It’s truly a great start. However, due to
ongoing negotiations with the Balanggarra Traditional Owners, the
intertidal zone—which includes healthy mangrove forests and some
intertidal reefs—aren’t included in this announcement.
'The missing intertidal areas also mean that marine park
sanctuary zoning in the North Kimberley is below the standards
recommended by scientists to ensure the long-term health of marine
life. In completing the park, the zoning must be revisited to
ensure world-class sanctuary zones that are comprehensive,
adequate and representative.
'In line with the recent Auditor General’s report and
recommendations on marine parks in WA, we’d like to see substantial
financial commitments towards the ongoing monitoring and management
of the Great Kimberley Marine Park, in collaboration with
Traditional Owners, along the spectacular Kimberley coast.
'We now look forward to the Western Australian Government and
the WA Opposition stepping up to deliver commitments to finalise a
well-funded Great Kimberley Marine Park. This should include the
massive intertidal areas and significant offshore islands, such as
Adele—which has been left out of the Great Kimberley Marine Park to
'It’s clear that the finalising of the Great Kimberley Marine
Park is going to significantly add to the legacy of marine
protection in our great state of WA, for future generations.'
For further comment, please contact Jenita Enevoldsen on 0405
941 500 or (08) 9420 7255.