The Albanese and Cook Governments are partnering to fund clean-up and repair works so iconic Marine, Conservation and National Parks in Western Australia’s Kimberley region can be reopened after cyclone and flood damage earlier this year.
Jointly funded through Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements, the program will support the WA Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions to clean up debris and repair and reinstate National and Conservation Park minor visitor infrastructure damaged by the record-breaking flooding associated with Ex-Tropical Cyclone Ellie.
The program will also fund the clean-up of fishing vessel debris and the repair of public moorings within the Rowley Shoals Marine Park, located 300km west of Broome, which was impacted by Tropical Cyclone Ilsa in April this year.
Federal Minister for Emergency Management, Murray Watt said the works would eventually allow visitors and locals to access the areas safely.
“The Albanese and Cook Governments are committed to delivering clean-up and safety repairs in areas that hold environmental and natural significance for local communities and landholders,” Minister Watt said.
Western Australian Emergency Services Minister Stephen Dawson said clean-up and repair works were needed at some of the Kimberley’s most iconic National Parks before they could be safely reopened to visitors.
“The Kimberley is home to some truly unique and spectacular attractions, including National Parks such as Danggu Geikie Gorge and Bandilngan (Windjana Gorge).
“Tens of thousands of tourists flock to this area every year to enjoy an unforgettable outback experience amidst a breathtaking landscape,” Minister Dawson said.
“Unfortunately, the flooding has significantly damaged access roads, fencing, walking trails and essential utilities in National and Conservation Parks. We need to repair and reopen these attractions, so local tour operators can get back to business.
“Traditional Owners, who jointly manage some parks, have also told of the need for Country to heal and for those who speak for Country to reconnect with flood-affected areas.
“This jointly funded program will enable these magnificent natural attractions and popular tourism destinations to be safely reopened to visitors.”
The National, Conservation and Marine Parks Clean-up Program will be managed by the WA Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.
More information about the program is available at www.emergency.wa.gov.au/recovery
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