Ship To Suring Up WA Marine Parks

Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister, Assistant Minister for the Public Service

The Albanese Labor Government is investing more than $2 million in eight projects in Western Australia that will help marine experts improve the health and resilience of our oceans.

As part of this, the University of Western Australia (UWA) will receive over $650,000 to collaborate with First Nations communities on two projects that will help ranger groups better monitor and manage the health of our Australian Marine Parks.

One project will see UWA collaborate with six saltwater Bibbulmun Noongar groups to build and share knowledge of and identify priorities for the management of Sea Country.

The other project will enable UWA to work with the Mayala Inninalang Aboriginal Corporation, to support monitoring and protection of key reef species such as trochus.

Other OMPG Round 4 projects in Western Australia include:

  • $225,397 to the Kimberley Land Council to support Mayala people manage and protect their cultural sites in the Kimberley Marine Park, through the development of cultural maps and data collection to increase Sea Country knowledge.
  • $304,500 to support the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development identify key habitats for sharks and rays in collaboration with leading Australian shark and ray experts, using research databases and novel modelling techniques.
  • $183,425 for the Yamatji Marlpa Aboriginal Corporation to support the engagement of Nyangumarta Traditional Owners in management of the marine environment and increase ranger capacity.
  • $77,500 to support Wagyl Kaip Southern Noongar Aboriginal Corporation (WKSN) to establish a marine ranger team and become an integral partner in marine research and management.
  • $331,926 to a University of Adelaide protection project that, in collaboration with the Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation, builds on previous research of sea snakes in Dampier Marine Park. The collection of habitat and population data will inform management and protection activities.
  • $300,000 to Nyamba Buru Yawuru to support the Indigenous Salt Water Advisory Group (ISWAG) network and develop a forum that supports engagement with partners who invest in priority Sea Country projects, strengthening traditional knowledge for improved management of the Kimberley Marine Park.

This funding is part of the Government’s $8.6 million Our Marine Park Grants program that supports projects which enhance the management, research and monitoring of Australian Marine Parks and improve the health of our oceans.

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