Great Kimberley Marine Park
Project status: In progress
The centrepiece of the Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy is the creation of the Great Kimberley Marine Park, one of the most significant environmental initiatives in Western Australia's history.
The Great Kimberley Marine Park will be part of the State's largest interconnected system of marine and terrestrial parks covering five million hectares.
Royalties for Regions has invested $15 million to establish and manage the Horizontal Falls and North Kimberley marine parks within the system.
The primary purpose of the project is to:
- Protect and conserve the high natural and cultural values of the north Kimberley
- Make available opportunities for Aboriginal engagement and employment
- Provide opportunities for nature-based recreation, tourism and commercial uses
- Establish visitor facilities, information and management arrangements
- Contribute to the amenity and economic prosperity of communities in the region
The Great Kimberley Marine Park is set to adjoin the Kimberley National Park. It will extend from Talbot Bay to the Northern Territory border.
The project is expected to be completed around mid-2018.