Two park extensions good for wildlife

PARK: Friends of Sceale Bay members Grant Hobson, Robert Minnican and Dave Kirner overlooking the rock stack now included in Cape Blanche Conservation Park.
PARK: Friends of Sceale Bay members Grant Hobson, Robert Minnican and Dave Kirner overlooking the rock stack now included in Cape Blanche Conservation Park.

The Friends of Sceale Bay group has welcomed two conservation park extensions on the West Coast saying they will play a role in further protecting local endangered species.

The park extensions were proclaimed in September by the state government.

The state government proclaimed a 12-hectare extension to the Cape Blanche Conservation Park, about 27 kilometres south-west of Streaky Bay, within the highly significant Coastlinks conservation area, and a 24-hectare extension to the Searcy Bay Conservation Park, about 25 kilometres south of Streaky Bay also within the Coastlinks area. 

The extensions include a large coastal strip area, a revegetated area near the township of Sceale Bay and an offshore stack near Cape Blanche (pictured).

Friends group national convenor Grant Hobson said the two park extensions would help protect the vulnerable white bellied sea eagle, endangered eastern osprey, vulnerable Australian sea-lion, vulnerable hooded plover, rare peregrine falcon and the nationally threatened western mint bush.