New management plans for outback parks

Date posted: 11 December 2012

Management plans have been put in place to help secure the future of two outback conservation parks, including one that is home to one of the country’s most important fossil sites.

Ediacara Conservation Park lies about 50km south west of Leigh Creek and is known internationally for having fossils of some of the earliest known multi-cellular organisms.

The second plan covers Bimbowrie Conservation Park, which lies about 100km west of Broken Hill in the Olary Ranges and features important Aboriginal sites and historic buildings.

Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources Executive Director of People, Parks and Places Greg Leaman said the plans had been prepared with advice from the area’s traditional owners, the Adnyamathanha people.

“Both parks are arid, remote and surrounded by pastoral properties,” Greg said.

“We are very pleased to be able to thank neighbouring landholders for the major contribution they have made to protecting these parks.

“The continuation of this relationship between the State Government and the parks’ neighbours is critical ensure the area’s long-term protection.”

Ediacara Conservation Park covers 2224ha and protects fossils that are between 540 and 580 million years old.

The management plan includes strategies to ensure that palaeontological research can continue, while Aboriginal cultural values and the park’s plants, animals and fossils are all protected.

Bimbowrie covers 72,000ha and is known for its geological features and arid-zone habitats.

It holds special significance for local Aboriginal communities and protects several historic buildings, such as the Antro woolshed, and relics associated with Cobb and Co coaches.

Greg said one of the features of the Bimbowrie management plan was the continuation of a coordinated fox and rabbit management program with the park’s neighbours.

“This program has already resulted in a remarkable improvement in the park’s arid-zone vegetation, and we are very keen to see further, long-term improvement.

“These two parks are remote and have few visitors, but they are important places and it is vital that they are well cared for.

“Now that they have management plans in place, their conservation for the future is assured.”

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