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"
In particular, to present the Range's conservation and heritage values.
We encourage people to visit this range for themselves (in person).
WE INVITE YOU to be A VOICE in the community in support of the proposed Helena Aurora National Park
We know that Helena and Aurora Range, Bungalbin is worthy of being protected in perpetuity within a Class A Reserve National Park. This is the highest level of protection currently available in Western Australia. The WA government supported the protection of Helena and Aurora Range, Bungalbin with their decision not to mine iin December 2017 and their decision to include a proposed Helena Aurora National Park in their 'Plan for Our Parks' initiative announced in February 2019.
*ADVERTISEMNET in The Weekend West Australian pg 11 on 23 December 2017
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 proposed Helena Aurora National Park when it is created.
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