Funds for bio study

Pilbara News - - Opinion - Peter Long Peter Long is the City of Kar­ratha Mayor.

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.