The park has been named Kalgulup Regional Park to reflect the area’s significance to Noongar people. Creation of the regional parks was an election commitment of the State Government. It is a key part of Plan For Our Parks, which aims to create five million hectares of new national and marine parks and reserves across Western Australia.
The draft management plan for the Kalgulup Regional Park was open for public comment from 13 August to 15 October 2020. The draft plan can be found on the Parks and Wildlife Service website.
What are regional parks and how will they be managed?
Regional parks consist of lands that have been identified as Regional Open Space under Regional Planning Schemes (such as the Greater Bunbury Region Scheme). They are managed by a range of agencies, including the Parks and Wildlife Service at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA), local government and private landholders.
Regional parks are not a land tenure. They provide the opportunity for a consortium of land managers to develop coordinated management approaches over an area identified as having regionally significant values.
The regional parks have been proposed within the Greater Bunbury region for many years. Establishment plans were prepared by the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage. These identified proposed boundaries and values, and issues to be addressed in a management plan to be prepared for the parks. In 2018 the State Government allocated funding to progress the establishment and management of these proposed regional parks.
DBCA’s Parks and Wildlife Service is responsible for coordinating the establishment and management of the regional park. This includes preparation of a management plan that will guide future on-ground management for all local and State Government management agencies.
Several existing regional parks occur within the Perth Metropolitan Region. Management plans for these parks can be downloaded from the Parks and Wildlife Service approved management plans page.
Management of private property that is reserved as Regional Open Space and within the regional parks remains unchanged, until such time as it is acquired by the Western Australian Planning Commission. Further information on reservation of private property under Region Schemes is available from the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage.
Regional Parks Coordinator
Parks and Wildlife Service
Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions
Corner Dodson Road and South Western Highway
PO Box 1693
BUNBURY WA 6231
Phone: 9725 4300