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Upper Gascoyne

Region: Southern Rangelands (Gascoyne)


The Upper Gascoyne Priority Area encompasses much of the Gascoyne River catchment and encompasses the Kennedy Ranges, Mount Augustus and the Matuwa Kurrara Kurrara Indigenous Protected Area. The Upper Wooramel, Lyons and Gascoyne river catchments are recognised as important areas to the health and functionality of the Ningaloo Coast and Shark Bay World Heritage Areas.

Over the past decade, the Upper Gascoyne Catchment has also served as an important a hub for trialling innovative grazing practices and leading rangelands rehydration efforts. The willingness and high level of organisation evident amongst active pastoral producer groups in the Upper Gascoyne Catchment to engage in a wide range of NRM initiatives provides an opportunity for Rangelands NRM to support community-led landscape change at a landscape scale.

The Matuwa Kurrara Kurrara Indigenous Protected Area, comprised of the former Lorna Glen and Eraheedy pastoral leases, is known for its unique conservation values and cultural significance to the Wiluna Martu.

Key EBBC or priority fauna in area:

  • Vulnerable Malleefowl (Leipoa ocellata)
  • Endangered Western Spiny-tailed Skink (Egernia stokesii badia)

Other assets in the area:

  1. Mount Augustus National Park
  2. Kennedy Range National Park
  3. Gascoyne River
  4. Wooramel River
  5. Lyndon River

People/Groups engaged in the area:

  1. Gascoyne Catchments Group
  2. Central Desert Native Title Services
  3. Lyndon Land Conservation District Committee (LCDC)
  4. Upper Gascoyne Land Conservation District Committee (LCDC)
  5. Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions (Carnarvon Office)
  6. Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (Carnarvon Office)
  7. Aboriginal Biodiversity Conservation (ABC) Foundation
  8. Bush Heritage