Election 2013 Western Australia March 9

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Environment Matters

Liberal's Kimberley conservation plan would leave a truly outstanding legacy

WA Conservation Council

Western Australia’s peak environment group has strongly congratulated Premier Barnett and Environment Minister Bill Marmion for their latest Kimberley conservation commitments, heralding them as a conservation legacy of truly global significance.

Conservation Council Director Piers Verstegen said “Premier Barnett has previously signaled his intention to deliver major Kimberley conservation measures if returned to office, and today, Minister Marmion has built further on those strong foundations.

“Today’s commitment includes additional marine areas to be protected, as well as a new national park to protect some of the most spectacular and iconic parts of the Kimberley.

"The coastline and spectacular landforms in the Kimberley contain an incredible variety of wildlife as well as rich cultural and natural heritage values. Many of these features will be permanently protected under the Liberal party’s plans for an expanded Great Kimberley Marine Park and a new Wanjina National Park.

"With a state election approaching, voters want to support a government that will leave a positive conservation legacy for future generations and protect the special places we all love as Western Australians.

"The Premier’s commitments to Kimberley conservation show that he is responding to the WA community by continuing a great conservative tradition in nature protection that started with the establishment of the World’s first National Parks.

"The commitments to conservation in the Kimberley made by Premier Barnett and Minister Marmion would represent one of the largest and most significant additions to Australia’s conservation estate in recent history.

“Western Australians expect all political parties to have strong environment and conservation policies. The significant Kimberley conservation commitments made by both Labor and Liberal parties during this election campaign demonstrate that protection of our special places can be beyond party politics.

Conservation groups will continue to campaign against inappropriate industrial development in the Kimberley, including gas processing at James Price Point, gas fracking and coal and uranium mining.

"Other areas where Western Australians expect to see strong commitments from Premier Barnett include ending the destruction of south west forests by an unprofitable logging industry, introducing 10c recycling refunds on drink containers, and protecting WA’s groundwater from gas fracking and uranium mining.”

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