Deforestation? In the Kimberley?!

Deforestation? In the Kimberley?!

The Kimberley is one of Australia’s last great areas of wilderness. But it’s under threat from big business looking to carve up land for its own profits. Deforestation remains a huge issue in Western Australia.

The lease holder Shanghai Zenith has cleared a boundary track 24 kilometres long and 50 metres wide at Yakka Munga Pastoral Lease. The local Indigenous custodians alerted this to the WA Government and appealed for them to intervene and stop this clearing.

Due to their efforts, the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation has issued a stop-work order, whilst three Government bodies investigate ...

The Kimberley is one of Australia’s last great areas of wilderness. But it’s under threat from big business looking to carve up land for its own profits. Deforestation remains a huge issue in Western Australia.

The lease holder Shanghai Zenith has cleared a boundary track 24 kilometres long and 50 metres wide at Yakka Munga Pastoral Lease. The local Indigenous custodians alerted this to the WA Government and appealed for them to intervene and stop this clearing.

Due to their efforts, the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation has issued a stop-work order, whilst three Government bodies investigate the clearing. 

In Government session the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development, Alannah MacTiernan, said: “As far as we understand, this has occurred without any authorisation”.

Protecting the Kimberley and supporting the Traditional Custodians of this Country is essential for the long term future of the natural beauty of the Kimberley.

Will you call on the Minister for the Environment, Stephen Dawson, to not only prosecute Shanghai Zenith for this illegal clearing but also to restore the landscape to its previous condition before it was bulldozed? 

 

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  • The Kimberley’s tropical savannah is the most intact in the world

  • Iconic species are found here like the boab and bilby

  • Native Title holders say the clearing is being carried out without negotiation, in breach of their agreement with the company