15091: Karajarri Indigenous Protected Area: Frasier Downs Station Coastal Protection Zone
The Karajarri coastal zone contains a plethora of unique
habitats and landscapes that support a diverse mix of flora and
- Globally important sea and wader birds
- Nesting grounds for flatback turtles
- Unique tidal mangrove, saltmarsh and saline grassland communities
- Coastal dunes, swale thickets and spectacular limestone cliffs
- Ephemeral, freshwater lake, clay pan and other wetland communities
- Saltwater paperbark, pindan shrub land and coastal heath communities
Underpinning this is the unbroken connection to this country by the Karajarri people, many of whom continue to reside in the Bidyadanga community. Their strong connection to country and continued commitment to protect and conserve this special area are illustrated by the Karajarri Healthy Country Plan (attached) and nationally recognised through establishment of the Karajarri Indigenous Protected Area (IPA) in 2014.
The Karajarri coastal zone is under threat from multiple factors - fire, feral animals, uncontrolled vehicle traffic, etc - however the immediate concern is the unrestricted movement of feral herbivores. While neighbouring pastoral leases along the Karajarri Coastal Zone already have extensive fencing infrastructure thanks to their RAMSAR status, the linking coastline that runs along the Frazier Downs pastoral lease is unfenced and unprotected.
The Karajarri Traditional Owners have been extensively liaising with neighbouring pastoralists, tourism providers and natural resource management groups such as Rangelands NRM to erect a permanent fencing solution to the issue of unrestricted stock access to the beach. The timing has become critical since the management of Frazier Downs has recently become a signatory of the indigenous owned Kimberley Agriculture and Pastoral Company (KAPCO) which will see an increased level of activity commence in the coming months notably with a significant increase in stocking rates on the station. However due to extended negotiation lead by the Karajarri Traditional Owners (TO's), neighbouring pastoralists and local conservation groups, a consensus has been reached on the establishment of the coastal zone and a readiness to implement activities to protect and conserve the sensitive coastal area.
This Project will focus on initiating the following activities;
- Construction of 25km of new fence line using local indigenous workforce
- Engagement of Karajarri Rangers and Bidyadanga community for the purposes of: Workforce Training in Fencing, awareness raising for Karajarri IPA and Karajarri Conservation Initiatives.
- Community Signage: Educational as well as directional. This project will also engage the Bidyadanga Artists as a way to further involve and educate people about the project and the Karajarri IPA.
- Community Film Project: Protecting Karajarri Naja Naja Country
This project will also help to promote and progress the Karajarri tourism strategy by further establishing the Frasier Downs Station coastline as a pristine and culturally rich landscape by which tourism enterprises can be established.
The implementation of this project will see immense environmental benefit. Over the coming years as pastoral activity increases and Frasier Downs Station develops the coastal fence will be an iconic project seeing the protection of a most unique environment .
|Investment:||$ 32 000|
|In-kind contribution:||$ 50 000|
|Delivery organisation:||Karajarri Traditional Lands Association|
|Project duration:||July 2016 - August 2017|
|Location:||Broome, Shire of|