Management plan developed for Nullarbor parks

MANAGEMENT PLAN: The Bunda Cliffs in the Nullarbor parks region. Picture: Robbie Sleep
MANAGEMENT PLAN: The Bunda Cliffs in the Nullarbor parks region. Picture: Robbie Sleep

The Department for Environment and Water (DEW) has announced a new park management plan has been developed for the Nullarbor parks to help sustain the area.

The Nullarbor parks management plan includes the Nullarbor National Park, Nullarbor Wilderness Protection Area and Nullarbor Regional Reserve.

The parks are a part of Mirning country as defined by the Far West Coast Native Title determination area and have been incorporated into a single management plan because of their ecological and cultural connectivity.

DEW spokesperson Dr Matt Ward said the park management plan was a significant achievement for the Nullarbor Parks Advisory Committee, which is a partnership between Far West Coast Aboriginal Corporation, the Mirning people and the state government.

"The plan will ensure that the special values of these parks are protected and celebrated for generations to come," he said.

"The plan explains how these areas will be conserved for people to enjoy this remarkable landscape."

Mirning representative Clem Lawrie said that through the advisory committee, the Mirning people have an important role in informing and setting direction for the management of the Nullarbor parks.

"The ongoing involvement of Mirning people and other Far West Coast Aboriginal people will ensure that their cultural knowledge is used as a foundation for future management," he said.

"We are managing the Nullarbor parks for all who visit them.

"We have responsibilities handed down from the old people to protect our sites and care for our traditional lands."

The Nullarbor parks protect Aboriginal cultural sites and are an iconic tourism destination comprising more than 2.8 million hectares of vast and remote plains, as part of the world's largest arid limestone karst system.

The parks also support a diverse range of flora and fauna, including the largest population of southern hairy-nosed wombat (wardu) in Australia, which is classified as near threatened on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List of Threatened Species.