Western Australia’s magnificent Kimberley is an ancient world of indigenous culture, unique flora and fauna and spectacular landscapes virtually unchanged since prehistoric times, yet this region is currently under threat. Intrepid’s Eliza Anderson explains why we need to act now…
“It’s said of the Kimberley, that once the red dirt has coloured the soles of your feet you are forever connected to this precious part of Australia. Having just spent four days exploring the Kimberley with Don Henry, Australian Conservation Foundation’s CEO, and traditional owners, Dillon Andrews and Anne Poelina, I can appreciate the truth in this saying.
Intrepid sponsored a national media trip to highlight the cultural and environmental importance of the region and to support ACF’s efforts to secure National Heritage listing.
Australian Federal Minister for the Environment, Tony Burke, will decide within weeks whether the Kimberley deserves National Heritage listing. With significant resource exploration underway and widespread plans for mining and drilling across the Kimberley, tourism and environmental bodies are concerned that development could devastate the world-class region.
The stakes are high when you consider what will be at risk in the Kimberley:
- Some of the oldest rock formations on earth, dating back over 2000 million years.
- The Kimberley is home to over 300 species of birds.
- The largest and most significant stretches of dinosaur footprints in the world.
- Camden Sound is a mecca for dugongs, sea turtles, pilot whales and dolphins, and is also a critical calving and nursery site for the world’s largest population of humpback whales.
- The two-way Horizontal Waterfall is described by David Attenborough as “one of the greatest natural wonders of the world.”
If you also feel strongly about protecting the Kimberley, let’s show our support and build numbers by ‘Liking’ them on Facebook. ‘Like’ them today at www.facebook.com/protectingthekimberley and you’ll be helping preserve this very special part of Australia!”