Funds for bio study
Few people know how extraordinary the environment of our area is.
Did you know we are situated within one of only 15 biodiversity hotspots across Australia?
A biodiversity hotspot is an area with many different types of unique species which exist in an essentially pristine environment — one where humans have not caused much disturbance or introduced many new species.
We are fortunate to have large areas of minimally disturbed land right on our doorstep.
In fact, we have more than 2000 species of plant and animal within 40km of our post office, which is a third of all species in the entire half a million sqkm of the Pilbara.
The Burrup Peninsula, about 90sqkm in area, has 392 plant species and the islands of the adjacent Dampier Archipelago are also exceptionally rich — Dolphin Island alone has 157 species.
We have innumerable river pools, species-rich rock piles, gorges and hilltops, large stands of mangroves, tidal creeks, corals and sea fauna and, of course, the Murujuga National Park right on our doorstep.
The City has received a grant to identify those areas with the highest biodiversity values around our towns.
This will assist us to protect our natural environment and its enormous tourist potential, not to mention helping us preserve these beauty spots for our children and future generations.