Nature Conservation in Western Australia has entered a new era with the recent passing in State Parliament of the Biodiversity Conservation Bill (2015).
Every provision in this new legislation is superior to the inadequate and outdated Wildlife Conservation Act of 1950. It ensures accountable and effective governance of biodiversity conservation.
The new Act has enhanced special protection for whales, dugong and dolphins. It also enables the listing of critical habitats; areas of land or water that are crucial to the survival of a threatened species or community. It provides protection to whole ecosystems for the first time.