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Dampier Peninsula

Dampier Peninsula

Region: Kimberley


Overview:

The Dampier Peninsula is host to a number of EPBC species and ecological communities that are under significant threat from late season wildfire. Despite individuals and groups best efforts over a number of years, the Peninsula is subject to uncontrolled fires that burn extensive areas of country.

Through a coordinated and collaborative fire project, working across tenure and a sharing of skills and resources, fire will be reduced and managed across the entire Peninsula. This focus will grow to include management of weeds and ferals as well as linking in with sustainable grazing practices. The fire program will expand to include improved science and raising awareness and understanding of communities.


Key EBBC or priority fauna in area:

  • Endangered Gouldian Finch (Erythrura gouldiae)
  • Endangered Monsoon Vine Thickets
  • Vulnerable Bilby (Macrotis lagotis)
  • Vulnerable Golden-backed tree-rat (Mesembriomys macrurus)
  • Vulnerable Golden bandicoot (mainland), wintarru (Isoodon auratus auratus)
  • Migratory shorebirds

Other assets in the area:

  1. Wetlands – Willie Creek Wetlands (Nimalarragun), Lake Eda and other lake and wetland systems on Roebuck Station, Yalleroo Lakes, Lolly Well Springs and Bobbys Creek (PEC/TEC), Lake Louisa – Important Wetlands directory, Yarp Lake System, Nimmanburr/Nyul Nyul country, cultural values, Lake Patterson
  2. Productive Land Systems – perennial savannah grasslands, tropical rangelands, savannah woodland (hollow habitats)
  3. Monsoon Vine Thicket on Coastal Sands – TEC 25 per cent of Peninsula flora found here, many species in restricted locations, high invertebrate endemism. High cultural values (bush foods & medicinal plants)
  4. Carnot Peaks and Kings Peak Rocky outcrop (unique assembalage of Monsoon Vine Thicket plants). Plants have cultural values – bush foods, Djabera Djabera Country
  5. Many Communities and outstations
  6. Sandstone Ridges

People/Groups engaged in the area:

  1. Bardi Jawi Rangers
  2. Nyul Nyul Rangers
  3. Yawuru Country Managers
  4. Yeeda Station
  5. Country Downs Station
  6. Roebuck Plains Station
  7. Department of Biodiversity conservation and Attractions
  8. Department of Fire and Emergency Services
  9. Main Roads WA
  10. Shire Broome
  11. Water Corporation
  12. Environs Kimberley (EK)
  13. Sarah Legge