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New National Parks for Outback WA

Creating Ranger Parks means protecting some of Western Australia’s most remarkable and important natural places. Zoom into the map to see why.

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.

The 60 stations were chosen because of their unique natural values – stunning vistas, endangered animals, rare plants – and because of the opportunity they represented for nearby communities and towns.

Since then, these extraordinary places have been forgotten and neglected. Native plants and animals are threatened by feral animals, noxious weeds and fire. Rich pastoral heritage is falling into disrepair. Traditional Owners are alarmed by declining biodiversity and cultural values.

With every day that passes, the threats to these unique places grow stronger and the task of returning them to health grows more challenging. Yet the opportunity is there to protect nature and heritage, and to provide new jobs for Indigenous rangers caring for country.

That opportunity is now. It’s time to Create Ranger Parks.

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The Proposal


The cornerstone of Ranger Parks are local Indigenous rangers, working alongside Traditional Owners whose cultural practices have cared for WA’s Outback for over 50,000 years.

Indigenous rangers are uniquely suited for management of the new national park network. Indigenous ranger teams bring a deep, cultural commitment to their country and can combine traditional knowledge with modern science to care for country on a large scale.

Rangers undertake difficult but vital work caring for nature and tackling the pressing challenges of damaging wildfires, uncontrolled feral animals and noxious weeds. Not only are they successfully protecting and managing our shared natural heritage but they also transform remote communities and offer hope to younger Aboriginal people. Ranger programs offer real jobs and opportunities for sustainable economic independence in remote areas where jobs are often hardest to find.

Unfortunately, Indigenous ranger programs remain few and far between, and those that do exist are often funded for only short periods of time. Creating Ranger Parks would provide the opportunity for Traditional Owner groups in the Mid West, Gascoyne and Pilbara regions of WA to establish Indigenous ranger programs with a long-term outlook, committed to continuing care and management of the future national parks.

Many of these groups are already actively seeking ways to establish Indigenous ranger programs, keen to not only create a bright future for their youth, but to ensure that cultural knowledge of country is passed on through the generations.

What Indigenous rangers do

Save Species

Fight Ferals

Manage Fire

Eliminate Weeds

Care for Culture


The Create Ranger Parks proposal brings together two proven success stories: Indigenous rangers and national parks – to produce a win for everyone.

Our national parks: another great success story

Western Australia’s national parks and other conservation reserves protect and showcase some of our nation’s most remarkable natural landscapes. From Karijini to Ningaloo to ancient karri forests in the South West, national parks are the backbone of our efforts to safeguard our unique wildlife and the diversity of habitats they call home.

With more than 20 million visitors a year, and with numbers continuing to grow, our parks inspire new generations to become passionate about nature and provide a much-needed boost to jobs and businesses in our regions. On an increasingly crowded planet, it is our open landscapes and iconic natural attractions that are the number one reason why international tourists visit Western Australia. For regional towns, nothing says ‘this is a destination worth visiting’ like having a national park marked close by on the regional map.

However, this enormous contribution from parks is a success story that continues to need our support. After you’ve joined our call to create a new network of National Parks in Outback WA, you can support our existing parks through the WA Parks Foundation and find out more about each park by visiting Parks and Wildlife.

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