Twenty years ago, the Western Australian Government purchased specially selected Outback stations for conservation. In doing so, they had a positive and visionary goal - to help diversify and strengthen regional economies and protect the state's most remarkable Outback landscapes for future generations.
Since then, these 60 remarkable properties have been forgotten and neglected. Instead of contributing to local prosperity, these unique natural places have suffered from the impact of feral animals and wildfires, which in turn have caused hardship for neighbouring Outback stations.
The Create Ranger Parks proposal presents an incredible opportunity that will mean a win for everyone. We want the government to finish what it started 20 years ago and create an extensive network of protected parks, managed by Indigenous rangers, o create real jobs and real change.
The Create Ranger Parks proposal will:
Provide over 200 meaningful jobs and new hope in remote areas
Save rare and endangered wildlife
Make iconic Outback areas more accessible for everyone to enjoy
Generate responsible financial savings for government
Create new tourism experiences and regional businesses
I think creating ranger parks is an amazing initiative where we can simultaneously protect nature, create jobs and support indigenous communities. Solutions like this are what good government policies and initiatives should be.
"I support the Create Ranger Parks proposal to create a new national park network in Outback Western Australia. The new parks would protect the former pastoral properties purchased by government for this purpose 20 years ago. The new national parks should be managed by Indigenous rangers, for all Western Australians to experience and enjoy".