The much anticipated Yawuru Nagulagun Roebuck Bay Marine Park and Yawuru Birragun Conservation Park was announced in Broome on October 7, 2016. The parks signify a major milestone in the conservation and management of Yawuru sea country, including the world’s most productive tropical intertidal mudflats, which are the feeding grounds for migratory shorebirds (gamirda-gamirda).
The ten year marine park plan covers 78,840ha from Gantheaume Point to Cape Villaret. The Yawuru Nagulagun Marine Park
will be jointly managed by Parks and Wildlife and the Yawuru Registered Native Title Body Corporate, providing a boost for conservation, tourism and jobs for Yawuru people to manage their sea country. The Class A Marine Reserve has seven management programs with prioritised strategies.
The Birragun Conservation Park covers 19,120ha of land outside Broome townsite and includes parts of the Roebuck Bay Ramsar site and National Heritage area. The conservation park will be jointly managed for conservation, recreation and traditional and customary Aboriginal use, by Parks and Wildlife and Yawuru Body Corporate.
Congratulations to Yawuru people who worked collaboratively with Parks and Wildlife to develop management plans for the parks, and to the RBWG who developed preliminary community based management plans for Roebuck Bay (2004-2010). Christoper Nutt, who has commenced work as the new Parks and Wildlife Marine Park coordinator, brings the perfect mix of experience, having written the plan for the marine park.
Department of Parks and Wildlife (08) 91955500
Nyamba Yawuru Buru (08) 9192 9600
RECOGNISING Roebuck Bay was without management plans to protect it into the future, Roebuck Bay Working Group (RBWG) formed in Broome in 2004 with the objective of developing a values based community driven planning process to protect, restore and maintain Roebuck Bay into the future. The RBWG, which now has 35 members, won a State Coastal Award in 2007 for proactive community based management planning work.
INTERIM MANAGEMENT GUIDELINES
RBWG developed Interim Management Guidelines to protect Roebuck Bay and its unique cultural and natural values into the future.
COMMUNITY BASED PLANS FOR ROEBUCK BAY
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Department of Transport Pollution Contingency Plans
Roebuck Bay Working Group is comprised of Traditional Owners and government, local community, conservation groups and business. We work collaboratively to solve issues, raise awareness and encourage research and monitoring which supports responsible management and protection of Roebuck Bay.