MORE than 1000 hectares of Class A conservation reserve will be added to world-renowned Yalgorup National Park, south of Mandurah.
The expansion was announced by Environment Minister Stephen Dawson today at the Martin’s Tank campsite on the shore of Martin’s Tank Lake near Preston Beach.
The park contains the internationally-recognised Peel-Yalgorup wetlands that provide habitat for migratory shorebird species as well as resident species, including the hooded plover.
The park also supports critical habitat for the endangered Carnaby’s cockatoo and the vulnerable western ringtail possum.
The reserve is in the heart of the park and will ensure the long term management and protection of critically important banksia and tuart woodlands.
Mr Dawson said the move was part of the State Government’s plan to increase protection of threatened species and ecological communities through the expansion of the formal reserve system.
He said the expansion was the first in a number planned in Perth and the Peel and would include new Class A reserves at Beeliar, Yallagonga, Rockingham Lakes and Jandakot regional parks.
“We went to the election promising more conservation areas and there are a range of initiatives we will be rolling out over the next few years,’’ he said.
“This is all in our backyard and the more we value and recognise what we have the better,’’ Murray MLA Robyn Clark said.
“The locals absolutely adore this region and the park is a great place to bring the family.
“The park is far enough away from Perth and a calm comes over you when you turn off Forrest Highway onto Preston Beach Road.”
The 1001 hectares was bought in 2016 to offset the Roe 8 project.