Mobile operations trucks boost bushfire communications

The Department of Parks and Wildlife has developed two high-tech mobile communications vehicles to assist with bushfire management, particularly in remote locations.

The trucks are fitted with internet capability and telephones powered by a rooftop satellite dish, computer screens delivering weather, mapping, emails and other information, VHF radios and a printer for essential colour maps.

Regional fire services coordinator Murray Mitchell said the vehicles had been designed and fitted out by departmental staff to replace two ageing and less-equipped mobile control point buses.

“The need for optimum communications during bushfires is paramount and these new trucks give us greater flexibility and operational support for firefighters than the old buses,” Mr Mitchell said.



Project to protect Windmills surf break

A project is underway to remove an infestation of weeds and prevent erosion at the access track to the popular Windmills surf break near Cape Naturaliste.

The project is a partnership between community group Dunsborough Coast and Land Care and the Department of Parks and Wildlife.

Volunteers recently removed enough Geraldton carnation and double-gee weeds from the two-hectare infestation in the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park to fill 42 garbage bags.

Parks and Wildlife nature conservation coordinator Ben Lullfitz said it was believed the weeds were accidentally introduced to the national park by visitors carrying the seed on their shoes or cars from other locations where the weeds are prevalent.