Wednesday August 31, 2011
Federal Minister for the Environment Hon Tony Burke visited the Dampier Peninsula today to make a landmark announcement declaring the West Kimberley as the largest addition to Australia's National Heritage List as of today. Minister Burke flew in to make the announmcement at Gambanan, a Bardi-Jawi outstation between Cygnet Bay and One Arm Point, where he announced the decision and signed the official documentation to make the addition whilst on country. The presentation was attended by Traditional Owners, Ranger groups and other stakeholder groups from throughout the Kimberley region and was capped off with a performance by the Bardi dancers.
The National Heritage List has been established to list places of outstanding heritage significance to Australia. It includes natural, historic and Indigenous places that are of outstanding national heritage value to the Australian nation. For more information, please visit the National Heritage List website.
National Heritage Listing for the West Kimberley includes Beagle and Pender Bays on the western coastline of the Dampier Peninsula and the expanse of Kimberley coastline and islands north from Cape Leveque, including Cygnet Bay, to cover an area of approximately 200,000 square km.