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Ningaloo-Lyndon

Ningaloo-Lyndon

Region: Southern Rangelands (Gascoyne)


Overview:

The Ningaloo-Lyndon priority area encompasses a diverse stretch of land composed of pastoral estate, conservation estate and the Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area, which has high tourism value for the State. The Ningaloo coast ranges from Quobba in the south to the North West Cape incorporating Ningaloo Marine Park, Exmouth’s Cape Range National Park, Learmonth Air Weapons Range and Muiron Islands Marine Management Area.

The World Heritage listed Ningaloo Coast is the world’s largest fringing reef which supports a diversity of marine life including threatened sea turtles, humpback whales, killer whales and dugongs. There are two key sea turtle rookeries within the Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area and Ningaloo Marine Park, namely the Gnaraloo Bay Rookery and Gnaraloo Cape Farquhar Rookery. These rookeries represent the largest mainland nesting sites of Loggerhead turtles in Western Australia leaving them exposed to predation by foxes, feral cats and wild dogs. Low rainfall and minimal runoff from surrounding catchments contribute to the exceptional condition and water quality within the Ningaloo Reef which in turn supports coral reef communities, shoreline intertidal reef communities, sponge gardens, macroalgal and seagrass communities, and mangroves.

Historically, the area has had disjointed management and competing priorities, limiting the ability of the community to respond to key threatening processes. Our primary role over the next five years is to facilitate alignment of the various land management initiatives underway across the region, to foster a more collaborative approach between State Government agencies, community groups and the pastoral sector and to support the delivery of an integrated and community-led regional land management program.


Key EBBC or priority fauna in area:

  • Foraging areas and important rookeries for the endangered Loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta), vulnerable Green turtle (Chelonia mydas), Flatback Turtle (Natator depressus) and Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata)
  • Vulnerable Malleefowl (Leipoa ocellata)
  • Endangered Western Spiny-tailed Skink (Egernia stokesii badia)
  • Foraging areas for the vulnerable, migratory Whale Shark (Rhincodon typus)
  • Part of the migratory pathway of the vulnerable Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)

Other assets in the area:

  1. The Bundera Sinkhole contains the Critically Endangered ‘Threatened Ecological Community’ – Cape Range Remipede Community
  2. Camerons Cave contains the Critically Endangered ‘Threatened Ecological Community’ – Camerons Cave Troglobitic Community (aquatic and terrestrial fauna)

People/Groups engaged in the area:

  1. Gascoyne Catchments group
  2. Lyndon Land Conservation District Committee
  3. Gnaraloo Wilderness Trust
  4. Cape Conservation Group
  5. Indigenous Land Corporation
  6. Animal Pest Management Services
  7. Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions (Exmouth Offie)