Oh the irony of this recent ‘advertorial’ from The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions!
They do mention World Heritage – but not for Murujuga, our newest national park.
World Heritage areas are the most exceptional and unique places on Earth. They have universal value and are protected by UNESCO’s (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) World Heritage Convention, which aims to promote co-operation among nations so that places and properties of outstanding value are conserved for all time.
WA has three natural sites (the fourth is former Fremantle Prison) on the World Heritage List: Shark Bay, the Ningaloo Coast and Purnululu National Park.
Shark Bay was World Heritage listed in 1991 and includes Dirk Hartog Island National Park, Francois Peron National Park, Hamelin Pool Marine Nature Reserve, Monkey Mia Reserve, Shark Bay Marine Park and Shell Beach Conservation Park.
The Ningaloo Coast was World Heritage listed in 2011 and takes in Cape Range National Park and Ningaloo Marine Park, which is regarded as having extraordinary indigenous significance because personal ornaments made from shell beads discovered at Cape Range show Aboriginal peoples’ use of marine resources between 35,000 and 17,000 years ago.
WA’s The 100th national park
Murujuga, the latest national park declared in WA, is on the Burrup Peninsula, near Dampier. It’s vested in the Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation (MAC), the traditional custodians of the land, and leased back to the State Government as national park. The park has many rock engravings, which have deep meaning for the local Aboriginal people.