Title: Kimberley Nature Project
Overview: The Kimberley Nature Project has worked extensively with Traditional Owners and ranger groups to protect country and support natural cultural resource management projects in the Kimberley. The focus of this work on the Dampier Peninsula has been the endangered Monsoon Vine Thickets (MVT). Together with Bardi Jawi, Bardi Jawi Oorany and Nyul Nyul Rangers the most vulnerable vine thickets on the Peninsula have been identified and integrated cultural, conservation and community priorities work plans developed to help conserve them.
Outcomes: A 100-year old mangarr ecosystem on relic dunes on Broome peninsula was recognised as a ‘priority one’ ecological community following several applications to the state by Environs Kimberley in 2012-13.
A sighting of the rare and endangered Gouldian Finch on the Dampier Peninsula by Bardi Jawi Rangers, Bardi Jawi Oorany, WKNP and WWF-Australia resulted in a joint project to investigate this Finch population in 2012. Gouldian Finches are thought to be useful ‘bio-indicators’, being extremely sensitive to changes within the ecosystem. Working closely with Rangers, this Finch population is being monitored to improve on-ground management of landscape threats, including unplanned fires, weeds and feral animals.
Work with key stakeholders in the 80 mile beach area to address the threats of weeds and ferals, with particular attention to the nodes of entry for these species; within communities, outstations and tourist places.
Investment: The West Kimberley Nature Project has been funded by Rangelands NRM WA through the Australian Government’s Caring for our Country and National Landcare Programmes. The State NRM WA has also funded complementary practical ecology and fire history components of the project.
Grey Mackay, Program Manager (Kimberley)
Malcolm Lindsay, Coordinator Kimberley Nature Project
Louise Beames, Coordinator Kimberley Nature Project
Kylie Weatherall, Project Officer Kimberley Nature Project
“Just as the network of vine thickets are greater than the sum of its patches, the network of collaboration makes this project greater than the sum of its partners.” Dr Malcolm Lindsay, Coordinator, Kimberley Nature Project, Environs Kimberley
Articles about the Kimberley Nature Project in the Rangelands NRM eNews