Premier Colin Barnett last night announced that the Department of Parks and Wildlife had won the Environment category of the 2014 Premier’s Awards for ‘Protecting the nature of the Kimberley’.
The Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Public Sector Management were established in 1996 to recognise and reward outstanding performance and achievements in public service to the community.
The winning project is the Landscape Conservation Initiative, which began in 2011 under the Government’s Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy–a bold plan to conserve the region’s natural and cultural values.
The Landscape Conservation Initiative is WA’s largest ever conservation project, unprecedented in its scope and scale, with the Department working with many others to achieve conservation outcomes across the landscape, not just in parks. Partners Australian Wildlife Conservancy and the Kimberley Land Council were also recognised through the Premier’s award.
Cricketing great Justin Langer will lead this summer’s Are You Ready? bushfire campaign as Western Australia’s new Bushfire Ready Ambassador.
The campaign, launched on Sunday 19 October 2014, drives home the message that preparing for bushfires is a team effort and everyone needs to get ready before the hot weather sets in.
Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis said bushfires continued to be a real threat to the community, with southern parts of WA expecting an above average risk of bushfires this season.
“There’s no doubt there will be bushfires again this summer - and we know from bitter experience they can start without warning and cause enormous damage and heartache,” Mr Francis said.
After 12 months of successful operations, the Department of Parks and Wildlife has released its revised Strategic Directions for the next three years, with specific goals for the next year, to be updated annually.
The overarching theme of the new Parks and Wildlife Strategic Directions is to focus our investment and resources on those programs that result in tangible improvements to on-ground management outcomes.