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State's most popular cadets program celebrates 20th anniversary

  • Youth-based conservation and education program, Bush Rangers WA, celebrates milestone.

  • Bush Rangers has the highest participation of Aboriginal students, female students and students with disability of any Cadets WA program.

Western Australia's biggest cadets program, Bush Rangers WA, has celebrated its 20th year.

Attending the annual Bush Rangers conference today in Perth, Environment Minister Stephen Dawson commended the program that encourages secondary school students to develop practical nature conservation skills and contribute to their local community.

Since its inception in 1998, the program has seen more than 18,500 young people take part, contributing 1.9 million volunteer hours to conservation and community projects.

There are currently 67 cadet units around the State from Kununurra to Esperance, comprising of more than 3200 secondary school students. Students take part in regular camps where they carry out planting, fencing or weeding; as well as adventurous activities including abseiling, swimming with whale sharks, and rock climbing.

Bush Rangers is coordinated by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions and is part of the broader Cadets WA initiative, supported by the Department of Communities.

 

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Community input sought on Perth Water Precinct Plan

Perth residents are being encouraged to have their say on the future of the Perth Water precinct - the section of the Swan River and its foreshore between the Narrows and Windan bridges.

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions’ Parks and Wildlife Service is running a preliminary survey as part of the consultation process and is asking for community members to participate.Survey - Perth Water Precinct Plan.

 

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Grants awarded to community groups to protect river

  • 17 community groups receive funding in first round of Community Rivercare Grants
  • The not-for-profit volunteer groups will share $300,000 in 2018-19 

The McGowan Labor Government has today announced the first round of grant recipients for its Community Rivercare Program, which will see $900,000 allocated to community groups over three years via the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.

The funding will help deliver projects including foreshore restoration and riverbank erosion, reduction of nutrient inflows, native waterbird conservation, native fish habitat protection and restocking of native recreational fish species.

 

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