World Her­itage list­ing an­niver­sary marked

Pilbara News - - News - Alicia Per­era

The Exmouth com­mu­nity cel­e­brated five years since the Nin­ga­loo Coast be­came a World Her­itage-listed site with an event on Satur­day.

The free com­mu­nity-wide event was held in Fed­er­a­tion Park and fea­tured a range of chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties themed around the uni­ver­sal world her­itage val­ues for which the site was in­scribed, in­clud­ing one called the Wa­ter Won­ders of the World.

There were also mar­kets, food stalls and live mu­sic.

DPaW Exmouth District World Her­itage project of­fi­cer Te­gan Gourlay said the event was de­signed to boost pub­lic aware­ness of and ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the Nin­ga­loo Coast as a World Her­itage area, and they were glad to have helped ed­u­cate the 200 peo­ple who at­tended about the world her­itage val­ues.

She said a World Her­itage list­ing was a rare hon­our that gave the area an edge in the com­pet­i­tive tourism mar­ket.

“The Nin­ga­loo Coast World Her­itage area brings with it in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion,” she said. “World Her­itage ar­eas are ex­cep­tional, unique and ir­re­place­able sources of life and in­spi­ra­tion.

“The area is al­ready recog­nised as a ma­jor tourism des­ti­na­tion due to the Nin­ga­loo Marine Park and Cape Range Na­tional Park, (but) the World Her­itage list­ing adds an­other layer of recog­ni­tion for in­ter­na­tional and na­tional tourists. Some tourists only visit world her­itage sites around the world. The Nin­ga­loo Coast will now be on their bucket list.”

The Nin­ga­loo Coast was added to the World Her­itage list in June 2011 for its strik­ing nat­u­ral fea­tures in­clud­ing its di­ver­sity of flora, fauna and land­scapes, the Cape Range lime­stone karst sys­tem and ma­jor tur­tle rook­eries.

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