New Minyirr Park Signage
If you’ve visited Minyirr Park recently, you would have seen some new signage that’s been erected. There are now four large Trail Maps signs at Park entrances, and seven individual Trail Head signs providing valuable information for visitors on the bush trails that lead to and from the beach. These signs enrich the experience of visiting Minyirr Park and share the environmental and cultural values with visitors.
The signs were developed by the Yawuru Park Council, with Parks and Wildlife Yawuru Rangers, our Environmental Services team, community members and our language and cultural Reference groups. They add value by providing cultural context for each trail, as well as providing standardised class rating, distance and walking information. They encourage people to stay on the trails and look after the environment by not straying off the designated pathways.
Next time you’re heading up the stairs, pause and take a look at the signs and find out more about this fantastic public space that we share.
Spectacled Hare-Wallaby Research
Ongoing work for Kimberley’s threatened species got a major boost with a recent Lotterywest grant for WWF-Australia and regional Ranger groups, including Yawuru’s Country Managers. Minister of the Environment, Stephen Dawson came to NBY on March 5 to announce $2.2 million funding over 3 years for work on six culturally and environmentally important species in the Kimberley, including Spectacled Hare-Wallaby, Gouldian Finch and the Black-footed Rock Wallaby.
The Yawuru Country Mangers have been researching the Spectacled-Hare Wallaby for a couple of years now and will continue the project, building towards the creation of a Spectacled Hare-Wallaby habitat model for the western Kimberley. In early March the Yawuru Country Managers put out camera traps on Roebuck Plains in areas where the mammal was known to live, and they are re-surveying sites where Spectacled Hare-Wallaby had been seen about 2 years ago. The cameras will be collected and the data will be analysed with assistance from WWF. The Country Manager team will also be measuring vegetation to better understand what the Spectacled Hare-Wallaby likes and needs, with the goal of building up a complete picture of the animal and its habitat.
The proposed Broome Boating Facility
Broome community members, the tourism industry and visitors have all been actively advocating for improved boat launching facilities for a number of years. The Shire of Broome and Department of Transport have been working with NBY and the PBC to find a location for a safe boating facility that meets our cultural and environmental conditions, as well as adhering to public use requirements. The land at Entrance Point is owned by the Port Authority and the current proposed site and project is managed by the Shire of Broome and the Department of Transport. Native title has been extinguished in that area, but it is important to Yawuru for the high cultural and environmental values in the area.
The Yawuru Law bosses, PBC Directors and some community members have undertaken an intensive engagement with the Shire and the Department of Transport in relation to the Broome Boat Facility concept design. A site visit took place in December 2019, followed by a Yawuru mapping exercise to identify key concerns and possible location options. Significant midden sites, reef system and rock formations were identified that would be damaged by the original design. As a result the proposal was discussed with the Project Partners and the revised concept design was developed. Agreement was reached in February 2020 and was approved by the PBC Board to progress to Business Case, subject to coastal process assessments.
Road access to the facility is still being negotiated with Yawuru law bosses and the Shire of Broome to avoid significant environmental and cultural values in the area. However at this point, the project has reached the public comment stage and we invite everyone to have a say on the proposal and complete this survey.