Creation of Western Australia's 100th National Park - Murujuga National Park
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 February 2013 12:00
The Minister for Environment Bill Marmion has announced the creation of WA’s 100th national park.
The new Murujuga National Park will be the first Aboriginal freehold land to be leased back to the State and jointly managed as a national park, with formal protection under the Conservation and Land Management Act 1984.
It will be jointly managed by the Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation and the Department of Environment and Conservation under the guidance of the Murujuga Park Council. The park covers an area of 4,913 hectares of the Burrup Peninsula, near Dampier and hosts the largest concentration of ancient rock art in the world, dating back over 30,000 years.
The Murujuga National Park Management Plan was prepared by the Murujuga Park Council, in consultation with the community.
The creation of the new national park is a result of the 2003 native title settlement between the State and the traditional custodians of Murujuga.
The management plan provides for joint management of the park’s National Heritage listed cultural and natural values, provision of access and visitor facilities, and education and interpretation of the cultural values of the Burrup Peninsula.
The Minister’s media announcement on Murujuga National Park can be found at: http://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/