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24 August 2011 - Kimberley given stronger protection      

Kimberley given stronger protection

24 August, 2011                      
                                                                                                                                           

Humane Society International (HSI) welcomes the new protections federal Environment Minister Tony Burke has announced today for the Kimberley. Drysdale River, Prince Regent and the Kimberley Islands are among several iconic places in the Kimberley that will be protected as National Heritage under Australia’s national environment laws.

HSI nominated these special areas for heritage protection back in 2006 and this prompted the Government to assess the whole Kimberley region for its heritage values.

The Australian Heritage Council advised the Minister that these places have outstanding heritage values to the nation.

They are described as evolutionary refuges that are rich in wildlife unique to the region. Also outstanding and announced for protection today are the region’s geological formations, dinosaur tracks and other fossils, as well as places that are of great importance to Indigenous traditions.

“Once listed as National Heritage sites, Australia’s environment laws will allow this Minister and those that follow to give these places much stronger protection from the development pressures mounting in the Kimberley,” said Michael Kennedy, HSI Director. “HSI will remain vigilant to ensure the protection bestowed today is enduring”.

The Australian Heritage Council Assessment for the West Kimberley is at http://www.environment.gov.au/heritage/ahc/national-assessments/kimberley/index.html





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