Mark McGowan, Stephen Dawson unveil national park plan for Houtman Abrolhos Islands

Geraldton Guardian
WA Premier Mark McGowan.
Camera IconWA Premier Mark McGowan. Credit: Justin Benson-Cooper

A National Park is to be created at the Houtman Abrolhos Islands.

Premier Mark McGowan and State Environment Minister Stephen Dawson made the announcement in Geraldton today to mark the 400th anniversary of the European sighting of the islands by Dutch explorer Frederik de Houtman.

Mr McGowan said it covered lands outside of rock lobster and aquaculture fisheries leases and included airstrips on East Wallabi, North and Rat islands.

Mr Dawson said the national park would be vested with the Conservation and Parks Commission and managed by his Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.

“The Abrolhos Islands are one of the world’s most important seabird nesting areas,” he said.

“The creation of the national park will protect the islands’ biodiversity, heritage and landscape values and create opportunities for visitors to enjoy their unrivalled beauty.

“Importantly, recreational fishing tourism will continue to be supported and built on by the McGowan Government.”

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