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Page 48 • MICEBTN - FEBRUARY 2015 new plan for South-West naturaliste Park includes management by noongar people Scheduled flights at last for Onslow ITS gestation was prolonged and diffi- cult, but the newly redeveloped – and very expensive – airport at Onslow on the Pilbara coast now has a sched- uled air service provided by Skippers Aviation. Skippers, a major supplier of FIFO services to Western Australia’s resource sector, also flies an extensive network of RPT routes covering a large swathe of the state. As we reported last year in our daily e-news, extra funding had to be secured when the project ran over budget, despite A$30 million from resource group Chevron Australia and input from Ashburton Shire, which managed the project. To avoid a costly fiasco, the govern- ment approved A$13 million from a regional development fund supported by Royalties for Regions and Chevron. Skippers, drawing on its experience of flights to smaller towns around the state, agreed to trial a Perth-Onslow- Perth link, using a variety of equipment on the 1400km route. The shire is completing a new terminal and will continue with other work until around the middle of the year, when the airport will be opened officially. On the web: www.skippers.com.au THE SOUTH-West’s Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park is the state’s most visited park. That’s not surprising, given its abundance of beaches, forests, heritage sites, flora and fauna and wide scope for recreational activ- ities. These attributes con- tribute to the region’s international recognition as a bio-diversity hot spot. The WA government recently released a 10- year management plan for the region, covering six national parks, eight nature reserves, parts of state forestlands and other small reserves. It sets out how the Department of Parks and Wildlife will work with the community on na- ture-based recreation and tourism, con- servation, fire management and control of introduced species. And it also details cultural and heritage values, with a determination to engage and collaborate with the Noongar people in managing the area. (The Noongar people are believed to have occupied the area some 55,000 years ago.) Stretching across the Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge and Scott Coastal Plain, the area under the enhanced manage- ment scheme includes “im- portant wetlands and signifi- cant conservation species and communities,” according to environment minister Albert Jacob. WESTERn AuSTRAlIA Top to bottom: Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park , photo Tourism WA; Redgate Beach, Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park , photo WA Parks and Wildlife.