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What would locals like others know about Western Australia? Presenting relevant links in a somewhat random fashion:
Marine Park Draft Plan
WA marine park draft plan to protect traditional methods and cultural practices
A promise to turn a largely untouched marine area off the north-west coast of WA into a series of adjoining marine parks reaches its first major milestone with the draft management plan released for public comment.
Mounting opposition to WA government’s new Penguin Island tourist centre as bird population dwindles
How the decades-long fight to save WA’s old growth forests was finally won
WA Aboirginal communities reopen, with travellers warned to be aware of rules
UWA Sitewatch Study Highlights Mass Deregistration of Aboriginal Sites under Barnett Government since 2008 – Aboriginal Heritage Western Australia
WA’s native Christmas tree puts traditional pine variety well and truly in the shade
Burrup Peninsula Aboriginal rock art could be given World Heritage status
WA’s South West a ‘canary in the coalmine’ for climate change
WA wildflower season
Gondwana Link helping renew age-old relationship between Indigenous people and the land – @lis_mclellan
Top 10 spots to see wildflowers in Western Australia
Goomalling Yarns: rare photographs capture life on an Aboriginal reserve
Landmark WA judgment
WA’s environmental watchdog criticised for approving drilling on Mungada Ridge
WA Government ‘moving to deregister sacred sites’
Australia’s great natural secret comes out of hiding
Traditional owners, scientists and cat gizzards key to protecting 4.2 million hectares under Kiwirrkurra Indigenous Protected Area agreement
Traveller’s Guide: Western Australia
Protection for iconic Horizontal Falls
Hamelin Station Reserve, Shark Bay
Spotlight Bushwalking WA
Bushwalking WA – bushwalkingwa.org.au – is the peak body and voice for bushwalking / hiking in Western Australia. BWA is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit association committed to promoting bushwalking and the interests of bushwalkers in the State, in keeping with our vision of Better Bushwalkinpg for Western Australia. There’s no better way than bushwalking to discover and value the natural beauty of our parks and forests.
Rather than appointing formal committees to projects and issues, BWA maintains a flexible approach by harnessing the skills, experience and energy of members, associates and other volunteers through more informal working groups led by the Executive Officer.
Adventure Walks of the Southwest
BWA plans to publish a handy guide book and/or online resource for walks of the Southwest Region; mainly circuit day walks and multi-day bushwalks, and mostly of minimum 15km length. These will mostly not duplicate bushwalks that are already online elsewhere, but will include some loops off the Bibbulmun Track and Cape to Cape Track. They will give experienced walkers opportunities and motivation to reach many excellent locations in the southwest that are bypassed by the Bibbulmun Track.
September 7-8 WA Threatened Species Forum
Indigenous tourism: preserving culture and creating jobs – One operator, in Western Australia’s south west, is converting the most unlikely of places into a tourism and training venture.
What’s sacred now? – Burrup Peninsula rock carvings are among more than 1,000 sites the WA government has removed or blocked from its Aboriginal heritage register after creating a narrower definition of sacred sites in 2012. The Supreme Court has thrown out those changes, but the government now wants a single public servant to determine sacred sites.
The lessons of history – As the Government contemplates the eviction of over 100 remote Indigenous communities in Western Australia, a former Liberal Minister for Aboriginal Affairs is urging the Prime Minister to remember the lessons of history.
Creating an underground map of WA – Travellers in WA are being encouraged to stop and collect soil samples in a massive citizen science project. MicroBlitz is enticing farmers, families, school children, environmental groups and grey nomads to collect soil samples on their travels or properties which will allow University of Western Australia researchers to build a baseline map.
Painting WA’s wilderness – Cape Arid is a remote national park on the far southeastern coast of Western Australia. Botanical artist Philippa Nikulinsky has been making trips there, and to other wild places in WA, often alone, for over forty years.
Biodiversity hotspots in the southwest region of Western Australia – Perth based journalist and author Victoria Laurie talks about the flora and fauna of Western Australia’s southwest region, a ‘biodiversity hotspot’ where large numbers of species are concentrated, but that place is under threat.
Taking down the fences – A story about land clearing, ecological damage and restoration in Western Australia. But it’s also a story of physical and spiritual healing that includes whitefellas and the land’s original inhabitants – the Nyungar people
Wedge Island – On a rugged and secluded stretch of coastline a few hours north of Perth is perched a settlement that time forgot. Wedge Island’s shacks are delightfully ramshackle: makeshift creations fashioned out of corrugated iron and scrap metal, and furnished with mismatched hand-me-downs.
War games and wildlife management: a parable of our times – Perth forester and historian Roger Underwood looks back to 1989 when, as part of his participation in a wildlife conservation program on Barrow Island, in Western Australia, he had an unexpected encounter with a training exercise conducted by the army’s Special Air Service.
The past and the future of the Pilbara – The film ‘Red Dog’ has been a huge success. Set in the 1970s, it’s based on a real life canine that lived in and around Dampier in WA
WA and the resources boom – Geraldine Doogue, the born and bred WA girl, returns to her home state. Western Australia is undergoing massive change and we explore the impact of the resources boom in Perth, the regional city of Geraldton and the booming Pilbara region. How will WA change in the face of such prosperity?
Red Dirt Dreaming Part One – The Kimberley – The future of The Kimberley is up for grabs—mining, native title, the environment and money are all part of the complex mix.
Red Dirt Dreaming Part Two – The Pilbara – The Pilbara is raking in the cash for Australia but many see it as ruined, pristine environments and cultural heritage lost to mining, towns overrun by FIFO workers.
Burrup’s rock art: the protracted World Heritage listing – For decades people who have been aware of the vast and precious outdoor art collection known as the Burrup rock art, on the Dampier Archipelago in Western Australia, have been calling for World Heritage listing. Six years ago the area became Australian National Heritage-listed. Last year the Australian Heritage Council recommended World Heritage listing. So what’s holding it up? While mounting pressures from industry and visitors potentially threaten the engravings, the Federal Government has issued some new challenges it wants met, before it will approve the listing.
Sense of Place: Tim Winton on the inlet at Waychinicup – Celebrated and beloved author Tim Winton nominates the Western Australian inlet at Waychinicup as a place of personal refuge.
The story of Woonyoomb – Take a rare journey with cultural custodian Annie Nayina Milgin across the West Kimberley as she tells the story of the Nyikina people’s creation ancestor and how he sang the country to life
Indigenous tourism navigating a way to maintain a business and keep the culture strong
The Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) is the largest provider of nature-based tourism and recreation opportunities in Western Australia. DEC manages more than 26 million hectares (or nine per cent) of lands and waters in national parks, conservation parks and reserves, marine parks and reserves, regional parks, nature reserves, State forest and timber reserves that receive around 11 million visits each year.
Ever wondered what that plant was in a WA national park? Now you can find out:
Western Australian National Park Species Lists
With the help of NatureMap, we can intersect the vouchered specimen flora records from the WA Herbarium with the DPaW estate boundaries for national parks to provide current information on the names and numbers of plant taxa and conservation taxa in each listed National Park. If a list of taxa is presented, but no points are showing, then you will need to use the ‘zoom out’ tool to the right of the map until they are displayed. Some conservation taxa may have been masked from view at this scale. Statistics, reports and downloads still reflect all queried species. See the Registration page for details.
Also see: Kimberley National Park
Kiwirrkurra Indigenous Protected Area
Waychinicup National Park
Waychinicup National Park is 404 kilometres (251 mi) southeast of Perth and 65 kilometres (40 mi) east of Albany.
Sense of Place: Tim Winton on the inlet at Waychinicup
Prince Regent National Park
Abrolhos Islands to become WA’s newest national park
Abrolhos Islands opened up to tourism under push to create more WA national parks
Abrolhos Islands to be opened to tourism – The West Australian
Spotlight: Gunduwa Regional Conservation Association
Beagle Bay is located approximately 125km north of Broome near the western coast of the Dampier Peninsula. Beagle Bay has a resident population of approximately 300 to 350 people, as well as has a significant satellite population who use the community as a social, service and resource hub.
Broome’s Yawuru people sign Australia’s largest native title deal – It’s taken 16 years, but yesterday finally saw the historic signing of a series of land-use and native title agreements for the Yawuru people around Broome. Hailed as ushering in a ‘new era’ of economic opportunity and a place in the ‘real’ economy, the deal delivers the Yawuru people several thousand hectares of valuable residential, commercial and industrial freehold land in a booming area. Together with Indigenous leader Patrick Dodson, senior Yauwuru spokesman Peter Yu was a lead negotiator for Australia’s largest native title deal. The agreement delivered a parcel of land valued at $197 million but it comes with many challenges, and Indigenous leaders say that the commercial opportunities on offer must not be at the expense of Broome’s unique style and ethos.
Pipelines and songlines cause beautiful Broome to turn ugly
Woodside’s plan for a $30 billion liquefied natural gas plant 60 kilometers north of Broome in Western Australia has split the town and also split the local Indigenous communities.
Bunuba people are the traditional owners of land including Fitzroy Crossing and stretches in a northerly and north easterly direction.
Jundamurra and the Bunuba Uprising
Wirruwana (Dirk Hartog Island)
Dirk Hartog Island is an island off the Gascoyne coast of Western Australia, within the Shark Bay World Heritage Area. It is about 80 kilometres long and between 3 and 15 km wide and is Western Australia’s largest and most western island. It covers an area of 620 square km and is approximately 850 km north of Perth. It was named after Dirk Hartog, a Dutch sea captain, who first encountered the Western Australian coastline close to the 26th parallel south latitude, which runs through the island – Dirk_Hartog_Island
$13m plan to restore Dirk Hartog Island
Wirruwana (Dirk Hartog Island) — It’s a very special place for the Malgana people of Gatharragudu (Shark Bay).
In the early hours of the 12th of July, 1979, Skylab crashed on WA’s southeast coast, scattering debris across the Nullarbor and the eastern goldfields and causing a worldwide sensation. Locals issued a $400 fine for littering.
Shire of Esperance
Esperance Visitor Centre
Esperance Port Authority
Little Creatures brewery
The Goldfields Water Supply Scheme is a pipeline and dam project which delivers potable water to communities in Western Australia’s Eastern Goldfields, particularly Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie. The project was commissioned in 1896 and was completed in 1903.
Gorgon Gas Project
Geoffrey Cousins critical of James Price Point gas hub
Greenough Leaning Trees
As local historian and prospector Scott Wilson explains, the street is named after Paddy Hannan, a prospector who was the first to find gold at Kalgoorlie and the square is named after St Barbara, the patron saint of miners. For the hundreds of prospectors who came to the town after gold was discovered in 1893, the help of St Barbara would have come in handy.
Miners hall of fame takes visitors deep underground in Kalgoorlie
Saint Barbara is the patron saint of miners, sea farers and those who use explosives.
The top of Kalgoorlie’s wealth was reached around the end of the 19th century, which can still be seen from the great public buildings constructed around that time.
WA currently supplies 75 percent of Australia’s total gold production and about 8 per cent world-wide. Much of it is dug from the ground along Kalgoorlie’s Golden Mile (named because it covered an area of a square mile, not because it was a mile long), which has more than 3,000 km of old underground workings and has yielded more than 50,000,000 ounces of gold (or over 1500 tonnes) so far. You can see the workings of the modern day mining industry at the lookout over the Super Pit on the outskirts of Kalgoorlie, an enormous hole in the ground 4km long, 1.5km wide and 400m deep.
A statue of Paddy Hannan, the first man to discover gold in Kalgoorlie, sits at the main intersection on Hannan Street. Take note of his always full water bag.
Kununurra Visitors Centre
‘Inside Australia’ is a series of 51 figures which dot the western edge of Lake Ballard.
http://mandurahcruises.com.au – @MandurahCruises – https://www.facebook.com/MandurahCruises
Millstream-Chichester National Park
Millstream Chichester National Park brochure (PDF)
WA and the resources boom: Millstream-Chichester national park
The Nullarbor Plain is part of the area of flat, almost treeless, arid or semi-arid country immediately north of the Great Australian Bight. At its widest point, it stretches about 1,200 km from east to west between South Australia and Western Australia.
The Ord River is a 320-kilometre-long river in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. It was named in honour of Harry Ord, Governor of Western Australia from 1877 to 1880.
The Pinnacles are pillars and remnants of sandy limestone which have been shaped by weathering and erosion. The limestone formed by consolidation of extensive dunes of shelly sand along WA’s coast which built up during and after an interglacial episode around 130 000 years ago. Rainwater percolated through the dunes, dissolving limy material in one place and depositing it another, cementing the sand grains together into rock.
Hamelin Station is a 202,000 hectare property, situated on 32 kilometres of coast line and bordering the Shark Bay World Heritage area. In March 2015 Bush Heritage Australia acquired Hamelin Station Reserve. It is an area of outstanding conservation value, located in the mid-west region of Western Australia. The reserve extends the protection of the Shark Bay World Heritage Area by a substantial 10%. It also helps to protect Hamelin Pool, one of the only two places in the world where living marine stromatolites are known to occur.
Tom_Price – Wikipedia
Wogarno Station is situated in the inland Mid West region of Western Australia and features extraordinary rock formations and rich and vibrant colors of outback Australia.
September Perth – WAITOC hosted the Australian Indigenous Tourism Conference which promotes the Indigenous tourism business and industry sector as well as provide a comprehensive overview of the tourism industry.
Connecting communities, linking landscapes. West Australia’s 7 regional Natural Resource Management organisations working together across our vast WA landscapes
Gravity Discovery Centre
Gingin Observatory is open from September to June. The facilities are located on a sand plain ecosystem in pristine banksia bushland as part of the Dept. of Conservation and Land Management’s State Forest No. 65. This is approximately one hour’s drive north of Perth (see map). The drive along Wanneroo Road will take visitors past Yanchep National Park. This is on the main tourist route to the Pinnacles.
Kununurra hosts the Ord Valley Muster which draws in so many tourists from the Top End that it doubles Kununurra’s population to around 12,000.
Nov 2012 – January 2013 ‘We don’t need a map: A Martu experience of the Western Desert’. The Martu are the original occupants of a vast area of the Western Desert, covering over 20 million hectares. The artworks, artifacts and workshops of ‘We don’t need a map…’ provide a multifaceted portrait of Martu life. The exhibition features the work of more than thirty artists including Dadda Sampson, Yunkurra Billy Atkins, Lily Long and Amy French. The exhibition is taking place at Fremantle Arts Centre from November 2012 to January 2013.
October or November 2015 Global Eco Asia-Pacific Tourism Conference
@EcotourismAus @WestAustralia @Parks_Australia
Perenjoi (Outback Western Australia)
Out of reach of GPS, the internet and your half tank of petrol, this vast area (about 5 hours from Perth) holds one gig a year – Blues For The Bush. To see the locals open-jawed amazement and the acrobats, hula hoopers and fire twirlers that performed between each band was fantastic. They were incredibly enthusiastic for the music and reminded me that the soul of our land doesn’t reside in its nervous cities, but in the hearts of all.