Cocanarup is a Noongar word meaning “place where water always stays”. The name originally referred to a spring in the Phillips River, but more recently it has been applied to the Cocanarup Timber Reserve, a substantial area of native vegetation that includes a large expanse of mature salmon gum woodland. Located 15 km south-west of Ravensthorpe and encompassing some 9000 ha it and its wider surrounding area (totalling some 65,000 ha) is known to have significant natural and cultural heritage values, some of which are clearly of national significance.
However, mineral exploration is now placing many of these values under threat. There are mining tenements over much of the area, and exploration activity undertaken recently has left deep scars on the landscape, including significant negative impacts in critical nesting habitat for the endangered Carnaby’s black-cockatoo.
The Cocanarup Conservation Alliance Inc. (CCA) is a not for profit organisation that is dedicated to the full protection of the wider Cocanarup - Kundip area, beginning with the exclusion of all mining activities. CCA has as its stated objective: “To protect and promote the environmental and cultural integrity of the Ravensthorpe region.”
CCA acts as a focal point for local community members and like-minded organisations who support our goals, providing communication and coordination of activities to:
- Develop and document a clear understanding of the unique natural and cultural values of the Cocanarup Timber Reserve and the wider area as shown on the map below. See our Summary of Values.
- Coordinate and focus community support for the preservation and promotion of this area and its values, and
- Ensure decision-makers, planners and government agencies recognise these values, and work with us to exclude mining activity and other threats from this area until it can be made a Class A Reserve.
Take action to protect Cocanarup - Kundip area and its Carnaby’s
The Cocanarup - Kundip area, its endangered Carnaby’s black-cockatoos, and many other important species and values are under threat from mineral exploration, primarily for lithium. We seek your support in having this special landscape fully protected by having the area declared a Class A Reserve (Nature Reserve or National Park). You can support our submission on this matter by clicking on the link below.
Join the Cocanarup Conservation Alliance Inc
If you share our concerns and subscribe to our values please join CCA Inc. We do not charge membership fees and encourage both individual and organisational membership.