Kimberley warrants stronger protection
Humane Society International (HSI) is looking forward to places in the Kimberley receiving stronger protection from Federal Environment Minister, Tony Burke, later this month.
This follows the release of the Australian Heritage Council’s Assessment of the Heritage Values of the West Kimberley region.
HSI prompted the Australian Heritage Council’s assessment of the heritage values of the Kimberley with nominations we submitted for the Drysdale and Prince Regent Rivers and the Kimberley Islands to be protected as National Heritage back in 2006.
The Australian Heritage Council has agreed that these and other special places in the Kimberley have outstanding heritage values to the nation. They are described as evolutionary refuges, rich in unique wildlife. Also outstanding are the region’s geological formations, dinosaur tracks and other fossils, as well as places that are of enormous importance to Indigenous traditions.
“Once listed as National Heritage sites, Australia’s environment laws will give these places much stronger protection from the development pressures mounting in the Kimberley”, said Nicola Beynon, HSI Senior Program Manager.
The law requires Minister Tony Burke to decide which sites in the Kimberley are to be protected as National Heritage by the end of August.