HELENA AND AURORA RANGE (BUNGALBIN)

HELENA AND AURORA RANGE (BUNGALBIN)

The Helena and Aurora Range (Kalamaia name 'Bungalbin') is a magnificent banded ironstone formation (BIF) range in Western Australia that has National Heritage values and is worthy of protection from mining in a Class A Reserve and National Park and being declared a "No Go" area for mining.

The Helena and Aurora Range Advocates Inc (HARA), are not alone in having an appreciation of this range;

  • Ken Newbey (botanist), on visiting Helena and Aurora Range for the first time in the 1980s, exclaimed “This should be a National Park”.
  • The Yilgarn Shire on its website refers to the Helena and Aurora Range as Bungalbin Range and states that “It has spectacular rock formations and scenery, surpassed only by the Hamersley Range in Western Australia”
  • Simon Nevill (writer and photographer) states in his book on Parks and Reserves of WA " ... in this northern Yilgarn region .... there is one range that should never be mined and that is Helena Aurora Range north of Koolyanobbing."
  • The EPA in 2007 called the range "one of the more significant biodiversity assets in WA"

Introducing its majesty, wildlife, plants, natural heritage and conservation history (see Video, Gallery of photos, Maps & Location, Helena Aurora Range Bungalbin and much more).

In particular, to present the Range's conservation and heritage values.

We encourage people to visit this range for themselves (in person).

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TO STAY INFORMED &SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR PROTECTING THE RANGE

Helena and Aurora Range Advocates Inc. (HARA) recognises that this BIF Range, Bungalbin, is also very important to its Traditional Owners, the Kalamaia Kapurn People and supports them in their efforts to protect Bungalbin and in them being joint managers of the Helena and Aurora (Bungalbin) National Park when it is created.

References

Environmental Protection Authority (2007) Advice on areas of the highest conservation value in the proposed extensions to Mount Manning Nature Reserve. Advice of the Environmental Protection Authority to the Minister for the Environment under Section 16(e) of the Environmental Protection Act 1986. Bulletin 1256, May 2007, Perth, Western Australia (pg. iii).

Nevill, S. (2011) Travellers Guide to the Parks and Reserves of Western Australia. Simon Nevill Publications

Newbey, B. pers. comm.

Yilgarn Shire website, viewed December 2011

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