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National Park, Conservation Park or Nature Reserve are categories of land protected for the purposes of nature conservation and public recreation. As of 1 July 2013 the formerly named Department of Conservation and Land Management and the Department of Environment and Conservation, became the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA).
The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) manages lands and waters throughout WA to conserve ecosystems and species, and to provide for recreation and appreciation of the natural environment. Some of DBCA's onground management responsibilities include the protection and management of native plants, animals and ecosystems; fire management and preparedness on DBCA managed lands; sustainable management and protection of natural resources; and the acquisition, development and management of areas for recreation and nature appreciation.
The land DBCA manages covers more than 28 million hectares (or ten per cent) of lands and waters in WA, which collectively receive around 11 million visits each year. These lands include national parks, conservation parks and reserves, marine parks and reserves, regional parks, nature reserves, State forest and timber reserves. The DBCA managed conservation estate is vested with the Conservation Commission of WA, where in the past the land was vested with either the National Parks Authority or the Western Australian Wildlife Authority.
DBCA’s Good Neighbour policy provides guidance on management issues relating to lands that abut DBCA managed lands. Some of these issues include fencing and illegal access, fire management, control of weeds, control of introduced pest animals, control of native species and straying stock. In some instances a notification on title is placed on those lands that abut DBCA estate, to advise the adjacent landholder of potential DBCA management implications such as prescribed burning or 1080 baiting. Access to, or through, some areas of DBCA managed lands may require a permit or could be restricted due to management activities.
Acquisition or leasing of DBCA managed lands for commercial enterprises, mining or public infrastructure requires various legislative approvals and assessments. Proposed land use changes and development proposals that abut DBCA managed lands will ordinarily be referred to DBCA by decision making authorities i.e Shires or the Western Australian Planning Commission. If appropriate DBCA will provide comments relating to any potential impacts on DBCA managed lands, or other environmental factors relating to the Conservation and Land Management Act 1984 and Wildlife Conservation Act 1950 such as threatened fauna, threatened and priority flora, and wetlands of conservation significance.
For further information contact the Land Planning Program Coordinator (statutory and strategic planning) on 9442 0306 or the Land Services Coordinator (land tenure) on 9219 8771. Visit www.dpaw.wa.gov.au or email firstname.lastname@example.org.