Great Western Woodlands

Great Western Woodlands

There’s nowhere in the world like it. It supports biodiversity that keeps our climate in check. But the Great Western Woodlands needs formal recognition, not more mining.

It’s the last of its kind. The largest unfragmented temperate woodlands left in the world. Twice the size of Tasmania, the Great Western Woodlands supports a staggering 20% of Australia’s plant species.

These trees and soils store 950 million tonnes of carbon. That’s more than Australia emits in an entire year. Talk about life support.

The threat to life

Despite its crucial role, the Great Western Woodlands has never had overarching recognition or protection. That makes every threat a fight for the survival of this intact ecosystem. 

It’s in our interest to protect it. As a source of clean air and water, this natural infrastructure supports not only wildlife but human life as well. 

While mining threatens to fragment the Great Western Woodlands, we’re working with local stakeholders to create new economic opportunities: Indigenous arts and culture, eco-tourism trails, community festivals, sustainable land management and renewable energy.

Our plan is working. 

A proposal to mine the Helena Aurora Range (Bungalbin) was recently shot down. Not only was it deemed a place of immense cultural significance — the range was recognised for its rare wildflowers, found nowhere else. It’s set to become an A Class Reserve. 

Now we need to win overarching protections for the Great Western Woodlands.

Too unique to lose. 

If you’ve never spotted a malleefowl, a pebble dragon or a red-tailed phascogale, you’re not alone. Here in the Great Western Woodlands, there’s an astonishing level of biodiversity seen nowhere else on the planet. With over 3,300 flowering plant species, there are more native plants in the Great Western Woodlands than in the entire nation of Canada. 

A place this unique needs a plan. And that begins with ambitious protections for the life it supports.

Our vision

If you have something the whole world admires, it’s your job to protect it. 

We want to see the incredible biodiversity of the Great Western Woodlands permanently protected from those who seek to carve it up and clear it. Without protecting the places that suck up and store the world’s carbon emissions, we can’t win the fight against climate change. 

The Great Western Woodlands is an awe-inspiring place. Our vision is for Australians to value it not for its riches, but for the incredible life it supports.

What we’re doing: 

  • Advocating for new laws that support the life our lives depend on. 
  • Ensuring the creation of the Helena Aurora Range National Park. 
  • Preventing the Esperance Barrier Fence, which would fragment the woodlands. 
  • Building community support for improved management of the area. 
  • Promoting sustainable industry in the Great Western Woodlands. 
  • Supporting our active base to build community organising capacity.