Why the Buccaneer Archipelago Traditional Owners need your support
Australians want to see their sea country carefully looked after and managed into the future. That means cultural and natural heritage and the biodiversity of Sea Country must be looked after and managed carefully.
During the development and planning of the proposed Maiyalam, Mayala, and Bardi Jawi Marine Parks, the Dambeemangarddee, Mayala and Bardi Jawi Traditional Owners have put in an enormous amount of work to set out what is needed to ensure natural and cultural values are well managed and protected, and the public has access to healthy seas into the future. They have been proactive in good faith to work with WA Government to develop this plan. Over 200 Traditional Owners from these areas played a role in sharing cultural and traditional ecological knowledge to develop a balanced and strong plan for the Buccaneer Archipelago.
The Marine Parks proposal offers a good deal of balance. Balance that protects important cultural places and important Kimberley marine biodiversity hot spots while providing some of the best fishing and recreational experiences in Australia.
Now the Buccaneer Archipelago needs your help. Please write to the WA Government confirming you support the co-design process with the Dambeemangarddee, Mayala and Bardi Jawi Traditional Owners.
What we recommend
There are two main things that we want to make clear to the West Australian Government regarding the proposed Maiyalam, Mayala, and Bardi Jawi Marine Parks:
- Traditional Owners, along with most reasonable Australians, want to see our natural and cultural heritage carefully managed into the future. To that end, we urge the West Australian Government to respect Traditional Owner wishes and the co-design process they have initiated by keeping the Special Purpose Cultural Protection Zones' size and regulations.
- For the park to be an enduring success, the quality, funding and implementation of active management post declaration is vital. We want to see Dambeemangarddee, Mayala and Bardi Jawi Traditional Owners at the centre of delivery and management of the proposed marine parks.