The Western Australian government has declared a new 1,000-acre National Park at Mungada Ridge in the Midwest to help protect the ancient landscape and rare plant and animal life.
Most important points:
- Mungada Ridge National Park is jointly managed by traditional owners
- The park is home to banded iron formations that include some of the world’s oldest rocks
- Located in the heart of the Midwestern iron ore country, it has been targeted by miners in the region
Mungada Ridge, 200 miles southeast of Geraldton, is home to streaked iron formations that contain some of the oldest rock formations in the world.
Located in the heart of the iron ore mining country in the Midwest, the national park has been targeted by miners seeking to extract iron ore in the region.
In 2014, the Environmental Protection Authority rejected a proposal to expand an iron ore mine to Mungada Ridge and recommended protecting the streaked iron formations in the reserve system.
They are now the first largely intact banded iron formations in the region to be protected in a national park.
Environment Minister Reece Whitby said the Environmental Protection Authority is currently considering another nearby iron ore mining application, but it was outside the national park’s new boundaries.
He described the park as an “incredible part of the state”.
“The fact that we can set up a new national park encompassing this stronghold of rare species and rare environment is an amazing thing.”
Healing people and land
Located in Yamatji Land, the national park will be jointly managed by the Bundi Yamatji Aboriginal Corporation, the Conservation and Parks Commission, and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservations and Attractions.
Traditional landlady Megan Boddington said she was delighted that her people would be involved in protecting their country.
“As a Noongar and Yamatji lady, I see how important it is to have our people work on the land,” she said.
“These are really exciting times.
“It’s all new at the moment, but now that we’re starting to roll in and get things done and get the rangers into the country, it’s going to be a special journey not only for myself as a project officer, but also for the families of the culture committees and all traditional owners of Yamatji Nation.”