The Honourable Stephen Dawson MLC, Minister for Environment has announced the creation of the Helena and Aurora Ranges National Park is one step closer to fruition.
The next step in the process is the conversion of the Mount Manning Conservation Park to a class A national park. This step required the development of an Indigenous Land Use Agreement with the Marlinyu Ghoorlie native title claimants.
The Helena and Aurora Ranges are described as the jewel in the crown of the Great Western Woodlands, which is regarded as the largest remaining area of intact Mediterranean-climate woodland left on Earth, and contains about 3,000 species of flowering plants, about a fifth of all known flora in Australia.
I hope to complete a ride, which has long been in planning to the Helena and Aurora Ranges following the route taken by the Dempster brothers, Clarkson, Harper and Correll in July-August 1861. The Dempster Brothers where the first Europeans to explore east of Northam.
The ride is expected to be around 1,500 km and will take me approximately three weeks. I plan to tick this off in July 2021.
For further information on the Dempster brothers exploration please do read Lesly Brooker’s account, Expedition Eastward from Northam by the Dempster brothers, Clarkson, Harper and Correll, July- August 1861. It is published by Hesperian Press.
For more information on the Helena and Aurora Ranges, Bungablin I suggest clicking through to helenaaurorarange.com.au.