Yakka Munga is in the Shire of Derby, West Kimberley, and is currently leased by Zenith Australia Investment Holding Pty Ltd (Zenith) for pastoral purposes.
The department began an immediate investigation and determined that approximately 120 hectares of native vegetation had been cleared.
On 20 June 2019 the department determined that the clearing was unauthorised and gave Zenith a Vegetation Conservation Notice (VCN CPS 8557/1), requiring that no further unlawful clearing occurred, effectively preventing any further excavation impacting on remnant vegetation within and next to the footprint of works.
Updated August 2020
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On 11 July 2019 an appeal of the requirements of VCN CPS 8557/1 was submitted to the Office of the Appeals Convenor.
A determination on the appeal was made by the Minister for the Environment on 26 August 2019. The Appeals Convenor Report and the Minister's Appeal Determination can be found at the Office of the Appeals Convenor website.
VCN CPS 8557/1 has subsequently been amended to VCN CPS 8557/2 (PDF).
The department is continuing to investigate the circumstances of the clearing and whether further enforcement measures are required.
The Pastoral Lands Board issued a Default Notice requiring remediation of the site to be completed by 30 November 2019.
Zenith was also required to submit a development plan for the future management of Yakka Munga Station, which will be considered by the Pastoral Lands Board.
The Deputy Commissioner for Soil and Land Conservation through the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, has confirmed works to mitigate the risk of soil erosion and encourage the regeneration of native vegetation have been completed.
The works included backfilling of soil into excavated areas, spreading cleared vegetation over bare soil areas, removing livestock and erecting fences to prevent further access, and constructing 38 whoa-boys (water diversion banks). Some germination of grasses and shrubs in the rehabilitation area is already occurring.
DWER officers conducted a follow-up inspection of the cleared area on 03 August 2020 and observed that area subject of the clearing is revegetating. The area has also been fenced off and de-stocked as required by the Default Notice.