Public views are sought on plan for Wheatbelt reserves

Michael TraillNarrogin Observer
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The State Government is asking for public comment on its proposed 10-year plan for the Wheatbelt’s parks and reserves.

The reserves include valuable conservation areas such as Dryandra Woodland, which is home to WA’s mammal emblem, the numbat.

A total of 728 existing reserves of natural vegetation are covered by the proposed plan and are bounded by Dalwallinu, Cranbrook, Ongerup, York, Wandering, Darkan, Yellowdine and Lake King. Almost half of the reserves are less than 100ha.

The two largest reserves, Karroun Hill and Jilbadji, within the Great Western Woodlands,together make up more than half a million hectares or 9 per cent of the entire Wheatbelt region.

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Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said public comment for the draft management plan was open until April 5.

“The Wheatbelt is one of Australia’s 15 national biodiversity hotspots, and remnant vegetation pockets and nature reserves support a remarkable diversity of wildlife and natural vegetation,” he said. “The area is home to 23 threatened animal species, including the woylie, black-flanked rock wallaby, arid bronze azure butter-fly and Yorkrakine trapdoor spider. It also contains 130 threatened plant species, the highest amount in the State, including the critically endangered lemon spider orchid and granite tetratheca.

“Conserving this special area’s parks and reserves is a priority under the proposed management plan,” Mr Dawson said.

“I encourage people to provide their comment on the plan, which will help guide the management of the reserves within this unique and diverse biodiversity hotspot for many years to come.”

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