A new guide to the Great Western Woodlands was launched by the Minister for the Environment Bill Marmion in Kalgoorlie-Boulder yesterday.
The guide, published by the Department of Environment and Conservation, reveals the history, culture and natural values of the woodlands. It is regarded as the biggest remaining Mediterranean-climate woodland on Earth.
Mr Marmion said the release of the guide marked a new chapter of conservation for Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
“Kalgoorlie has historically been known as a mining town, with a lot of trees previously being cut down to make way for the mines,” Mr Marmion said.
“It has a reputation that the environment hasn’t been looked after, which isn’t the case.”
Mr Marmion said this launch was part of the State Government’s $3.8 million commitment in the 2008 election to manage and protect the Great Western Woodlands.