When the Western Australian Government purchased especially selected Outback stations for conservation 20 years ago, it had a positive and visionary goal – to help diversify regional economies and protect the state’s unique Outback landscapes and wildlife.
Since then, these extraordinary areas of the Outback have been forgotten and have become neglected.
Over five million hectares across 66 remarkable properties have gone under-managed, and their contribution to local prosperity has gone unrealised. Neighbours have suffered as weeds, feral animals and wildfires affect productivity. Conservationists and Traditional Owners are alarmed by the effects that a lack of management is having on biodiversity and cultural values. And all Western Australians are missing out on new camping and tourism opportunities in some of our most special Western Australian landscapes.