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Ramsar-listed Roebuck Bay receives further support

Media Release

Rangelands NRM has signed a new agreement to continue partnering with the Roebuck Bay Working Group (RBWG) to raise community awareness and engagement in activities aimed to protect and enhance the Ramsar-listed Roebuck Bay, located next to the town of Broome in the Kimberley.

The project, funded through the National Landcare Programme, will facilitate communications, produce educational materials and undertake on ground works that will reduce pollution, such as harmful nutrients and rubbish, running into the bay.

Rangelands NRM Program Manager (Kimberley) Grey Mackay said the project will also play a key role in promoting good science through community presentations and workshops.
‘The Roebuck Bay Working Group has championed the values of the internationally-significant Roebuck Bay for a number of years,” Mr Mackay said.

“Rangelands NRM has funded the group to develop independence through supporting incorporation in 2014 and reducing nutrients flowing into the Bay through targeted science and community projects,” he said.

“This partnership also focused other organisations’ efforts to reduce the threat of Lyngbya through seagrass monitoring, ground water monitoring, stormwater drain design and remediation works and building capacity of Pastoral entities to monitor impacts from runoff.”

The new project aims to increase the scope of works to manage threats in the Bay and will be working closely with Yawuru and the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW), the joint partners of the Nagulagun Roebuck Bay Marine Park to meet the management objectives in accordance with the Nagulagun Management Plan.

With key stakeholders such as Nyamba Buru Yawuru (NBY), Shire of Broome and Environs Kimberley (Broome Seagrass & SKIPA’s), the RBWG will have three main themes:

  • Reduce Nutrients that promote harmful Lyngbya Blooms entering the bay, through raising awareness, development of coastal gardening booklet and educating people of the issues.
  • Reduce rubbish dumping through mapping key hotspots, drain stencilling, source reduction workshops aimed at educating community and raising awareness of harm caused to bay.
  • Communicate the importance of the Bay for the community through Salt & Mud short Film festival and link the community into the importance of good science through Science on the Broome Coast Workshops.

“Through Rangelands NRM financial support, the RBWG has become an important group of stakeholders that works with scientists and the local community to ensure appropriate management and protection of Roebuck Bay’s extraordinary natural and cultural values,” Mr Mackay said.


Teresa Belcher, Communications Manager
Rangelands NRM, WA
Tel: 08 9468 5253
Mobile: 0488 594 324
Email: teresab@rangelandswa.com.au