Public comment is now being sought on the Pilbara inshore islands nature reserves and proposed additions draft management plan.
The plan covers over 170 islands, islets and rocks between Exmouth Gulf and Cape Preston, many of which fall within existing nature reserves, and all of which are proposed to become part of a single large nature reserve (the 'Pilbara Inshore Islands Nature Reserve').
The creation of the proposed single nature reserve will enable improved conservation of the significant natural and cultural values of the islands, including the threatened resident and migratory species that utilise them. These include the critically endangered eastern curlew, the vulnerable golden bandicoot and four species of marine turtles.
The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions has prepared the draft management plan in consultation with various stakeholder groups, including management partners and traditional owners.
You can access the draft plan, watch a short video about some of the values of the islands, and have your say via an online submission form at http://www.dbca.wa.gov.au/haveyoursay
Public comment for the draft plan is open from September 18 to November 18, 2020.
Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:
"Isolated from the mainland, the Pilbara inshore islands are important breeding and resting places for migratory shorebirds, seabirds and marine turtles, as they are protected from disturbances or threats like introduced predators, light and noise pollution, bushfires and vehicles on beaches.
"The draft strategies safeguard important biodiversity, cultural and social values, while allowing opportunities for nature-based recreation and tourism experiences.
"I encourage people to provide comment on the plan, which will help guide the management of these small and remote island reserves into the future."