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Zenith Australia Investment Holding Pty Ltd - Yakka Munga Station

Background

On 7 June 2019 the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation was informed by local interest groups of works being carried out at Yakka Munga Station.

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.

We began an immediate investigation and determined that approximately 120 hectares of native vegetation had been cleared.

On 20 June 2019 we 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.

What is Happening Now?

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. You can find the Appeals Convenor Report and the Minister's Appeal Determination at the Office of the Appeals Convenor website.

VCN CPS 8557/1 has subsequently been amended to VCN CPS 8557/2.

We are continuing to investigate the circumstances of the clearing and whether further enforcement and restoration measures are required.  

The Pastoral Lands Board has issued a Default Notice – effective immediately – requiring remediation of the site to be completed by 30 November 2019.

Zenith will also be required to submit a Development Plan regarding the future management of Yakka Munga Station, for approval by the Board by 30 November 2019.

The Deputy Commissioner of Soil and Land Conservation, through the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, has advised Zenith of the remedial works required, to mitigate the risk of soil erosion and allow regeneration of native vegetation.

The works include removal of livestock from the area to lessen soil disturbance, placement of roll-over banks to divert water run-off from cleared roads and the refilling of two excavated channels using the soil previously removed from those areas.

Zenith is cooperating with the responsible government agencies to remediate the site.

More information

This page will be updated as new information becomes available. To report an incident of unlawful native vegetation clearing, call 1300 784 782 (24 hours). If you have any questions relating to this issue, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 


 Updated 24 September 2019