Last week the WA Government created 114,000 hectares of new conservation reserves in the Mid-West, on Badimia Country, as a part of the Plan for Our Parks initiative.
This area – equivalent in size to 285 Kings Parks! - is known for abundant wildflowers, wetlands and native species like the Malleefowl and Spiny-tailed Skink, and includes parts of two former pastoral leases, Lakeside and Burnerbinmah.
Badimia Traditional Owner Bev Slater captured the grandeur of Aboriginal site Mongers Lake in the below picture. The head of Mongers Lake in Burnerbinmah will now be protected under the new reserves.
Badimia Bandi Barna Aboriginal Corporation Chair Dr Carol Dowling said it well:
“Badimia people have always protected Badimia Barna (Country). We have campaigned with our allies at Create Ranger Parks to create a large protected area of our Country. We want to heal our people and our Country. Plan for our Parks is about building effective and sustainable relationships so that Badimia people’s self-determination is respected and everyone can enjoy the wonder of our beautiful barna," she said.
These parks will be created in partnership with Badimia Traditional Owners and WA’s Parks and Wildlife Service.
It’s great to see Traditional Owners and Government working together to achieve this wonderful outcome.
Your support has helped make this announcement possible! And with the WA election approaching, now is a great time to tell candidates from all political parties how important it is to keep creating national parks across WA.
Join us in calling for new national parks to be created in partnership with Traditional Owners into the next term of government, to boost conservation, tourism and support the economy. Sign our petition here.
Thank you for all that you do to support our national parks.