The Kimberley program aims to protect priority flora, fauna and aquatic ecosystems by implementing a co-ordinated approach to fire management, controlling feral animals and containing new and emerging weed species. Special places of significance such as micro refugia, priority wetlands and coastal dune systems will be protected in conjunction with support of traditional owner groups. Rangelands NRM will continue to work with the community to increase capacity to effectively plan, resource and implement on ground works to manage priority areas.
Government agencies, pastoral managers and Indigenous Rangers are critical to the
management of these priority areas.
The North Kimberley has often been described as the last true wilderness region in Australia. It is one of only two places in Australia where all of the native species present at the time of European settlement still occur. It is a listed biodiversity hotspot with pristine sites and unique conservation values. Rangelands NRM work with Government agencies, pastoral managers, indigenous groups and other non-government organisations to manage threats from late season wildfires.
In the West Kimberley, the Dampier Peninsular incorporates the threatened Monsoon Vine Thickets, Gouldian Finch populations, Roebuck Bay Ramsar site as well as a number of Indigenous ranger groups and priority pastoral properties. The ancient paleo-drainage channels linking the desert to the coast comprise numerous wetlands of high conservation and cultural significance, including Dragon Tree Soak, Mandora Marsh and link the Ramsar listed 80 Mile Beach. The enormous river systems bring life to the Kimberley. The Nationally Heritage listed Fitzroy River with its unique freshwater fish species and significant cultural values is inextricably connected to indigenous communities and key pastoral properties, before opening into large tidal flats and significant wetlands neighbouring the
The East Kimberley is home to the Ord Irrigation Area and encompasses a remote and rugged landscape. The identified priority areas again followed water ways through the World Heritage listed Purnululu National Park down to the fertile flood plains of the Ramsar listed Lake Argyle and Lower Ord River.
Pilot Indigenous assets workshops
In addition to the conventional INFFER workshops, a pilot project was undertaken with the ranger groups in the in the West and Central Kimberley which identified approximately 38 Indigenous environmental/cultural assets which have subsequently been incorporated into the planning process.
Highly productive land systems are a priority for investment and management in all subregions across the Kimberley, independent of the identified priority areas.