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Pilbara Overview

The Pilbara subegion of the Western Australian Rangelands covers an area larger than 500,000 square kilometres and has about 4,665 kilometres of coastline. It is bordered by the Gascoyne subregion in the south, the Kimberley subregion in the North, the Indian Ocean to the west and the Desert Rangelands to the east.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 48,610 people lived in the Pilbara in 2010.

History and Economy

Natural Environment

Carbon Farming

Climate Change


Pilbara Subregion

Threats to Target Areas

Threats to target areas within the Pilbara region have been analysed and are presented below.

Priority Areas 2017-2022

The Pilbara contains significant biodiversity value with a number of unique environmental assets embedded in a resource rich landscape and is one of the 15 biodiversity hotspots in Australia. The Pilbara 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.

A landscape scale program of activities is being implemented in the Pilbara with pastoral, Government agencies, Indigenous groups, mining and conservation land managers to protect and enhance existing native vegetation and manage threats to biodiversity in order to maintain biodiversity characteristics and
ecological connectivity while enhancing cultural sites of significance.

Priority areas have been defined by having significant environmental assets, manageable threats and the willingness of a community to collaborate and be engaged, demonstrating strong leadership and having a sustainable vision for the area.


Pilbara Asset Register

Priority Areas for 2014-2018