New land will be added to Yalgorup National Park in a bid to protect the park’s natural environment.
1,001 hectares of Class A conservation reserve will be included in the world-renowned park, as part of the WA Government’s plan to safeguard threatened species and ecological communities.
“The inclusion of this conservation significant land will provide further protection for Yalgorup National Park and avoid fragmentation off its landscapes from development,” Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said.
“It will improve management of the park’s outstanding environmental, cultural and recreational values and provide a buffer for the internationally recognised Peel-Yalgorup Ramsar wetland.”
The reservation will ensure long term management and protection of critically important banksia and tuart woodlands.
It also contains the Peel-Yalgorup Ramsar wetlands, which provide the habitat for migrating and resident birds, as well as endangered animal species including the Carnaby’s cockatoo.
“The newly created Class A conservation reserve will provide the highest level of protection to western ringtail possum and Carnaby’s cockatoo habitat,” Mr Dawson said.
Yalgorup National Park is the first of a number of conservation reserve expansions planned, with further Class A conservation reserves planned across the metropolitan region.
The land was purchased in 2016 as an offset for the Roe 8 project.