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New biodiversity laws introduced to Parliament

Australia's oldest conservation legislation will soon be replaced with the introduction of a modern, updated Bill to State Parliament to conserve Western Australia's environment.

Premier Colin Barnett said introducing the Biodiversity Conservation Bill 2015 was a momentous step forward in the conservation of the State's biodiversity.

"This long-awaited new legislation will replace the outdated Wildlife Conservation Act 1950 and significantly improve the Government's ability to protect native species and important biodiversity assets," Mr Barnett said.

"Successive governments have been trying to update these laws for many years so this is a very significant achievement with new biodiversity conservation laws being introduced for the first time since the 1950s.

"Western Australia's south-west is one of 35 globally recognised biodiversity hotspots with flora and fauna found nowhere else.  This legislation ensures these values are appropriately recognised."



Parks and Wildlife category winner at 2015 Premier’s Awards

The Department of Parks and Wildlife, in collaboration with the Department of Education, Rio Tinto and Conservation Volunteers Australia, has won the Managing the Environment category at the 2015 Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Public Sector Management.

Premier Colin Barnett presented the award at a ceremony at the Office of Premier and Cabinet last night.

The successful joint nomination ‘Small hands making a big difference: cross-sector collaboration in conservation (Rio Tinto Earth Assist program)’ highlights the unique four‐way partnership between Parks and Wildlife, DoE, Rio Tinto and CVA connecting school students to priority conservation projects and research through the Rio Tinto Earth Assist program.

Parks and Wildlife was also a finalist in the Improving Government award category with ‘Making waves in marine management’, submitted in partnership with the Department of Fisheries. 

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Horizontal Falls park plan open for public comment

West Australians are being encouraged to have a say on the future of one of the world's most significant cultural and natural tourist attractions - Horizontal Falls and surrounding areas on WA's Kimberley coast.

The State Government, in partnership with the Dambimangari traditional owners, today released for public comment the draft management plan for the proposed Lalang-garram/Horizontal Falls and North Lalang-garram marine parks and the proposed Oomeday National Park.

Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the Government had worked with traditional owners to develop a joint management framework for the area.  The area was in the Dambimangari people's homelands and was considered one of the most pristine coastal areas left in the world.