State Government creates new 100,000 hectare Jilgu National Park in the Mid West-Gascoyne

Staff reporterMidwest Times
Environment Minister Reece Whitby on country as the Jilgu National Park is announced.
Camera IconEnvironment Minister Reece Whitby on country as the Jilgu National Park is announced. Credit: Supplied

The Mid West-Gascoyne is home to a new national park following an agreement between the State Government and Jidi Jidi Aboriginal Corporation.

Spanning 102,000 hectares, the mulga-covered Jilgu National Park has been established, bringing the total area of new conservation estate created since 2019 to 2.6 million hectares.

Under an Indigenous Land Use Agreement, Jidi Jidi Aboriginal Corporation will jointly manage the national park and existing Collier Range National Park with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.

Five Traditional Owners will be employed to care for country, with investment to be made in nature-based tourism in the future.

Jilgu National Park was formerly part of the Waldburg pastoral lease purchased by the Government for conservation more than 20 years ago.

It is home to many species of native wildlife, including black-flanked rock wallaby, western pebble mound mouse, long-tailed dunnart, brush-tailed mulgara and peregrine falcon, as well as three priority ecological communities which are not protected in any other reserves.

In announcing the creation of the new national park last week, Environment Minister Reece Whitby said it was an important contribution to the State Government’s goal of conserving five million hectares of land under its Plan for our Parks scheme.

“This incredible cultural landscape deserves to be celebrated and the Cook Government is proud to be a part of a shared effort to protect this area,” he said.

Mining and Pastoral Region MLC Peter Foster said it was a special day to be on country for an historic announcement that “empowers Traditional Owners of Jilgu, who have a crucial role to play in managing and conserving this amazing country.”

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