March 24th, 2015

Australia’s biggest national park to be created in WA’s Kimberley as mining companies relinquish tenement

ABC

Andrew O’Connor

Mitchell Falls in Western Australia's Kimberley region.

The new agreement will see the Mitchell Falls in WA’s Kimberley region included in the national park.

ABC Rural: Matt Brann

 

A five million hectare slice of Western Australia’s Kimberley region will become the country’s largest national park after the State Government struck a deal forever banning mining in the iconic Mitchell Plateau.

After extensive negotiations, a 45-year state agreement that gave Rio Tinto rights to mine bauxite and Alcoa the right to refine aluminium on the Mitchell Plateau has been cancelled.

No further mining or exploration will be permitted in the 175,000 hectare area, which will be included in the new five million hectare Kimberley National Park which includes a network of land and marine parks.

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