The 60 areas purchased by government 20 years ago were voluntarily offered for sale by pastoral station owners at the time. Many of the properties still have historic homesteads, old windmills, shearer’s quarters and other station infrastructure that are a valuable part of WA’s rich pastoral heritage. Without attention, many of these historic buildings falling into disrepair and station heritage is disintegrating.
Creating Ranger Parks would provide the opportunity for this pastoral heritage to be cared for and properly maintained, and to form part of unique heritage trails winding through WA’s Outback.
There is also rich Indigenous cultural heritage throughout the Ranger Parks network. Indigenous ranger prorams would enable the knowledge of and commitment to sacred sites and other culturally important sites to be passed on to younger generations, ensuring the protection of this heritage into the future.