WA firefighters deployed to assist with USA blazes

Six Parks and Wildlife Service firefighters from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) have departed to the United States of America to help battle multiple large fires that have been burning across the north-west of the nation.

Luke Bentley, Peter Bamess, John Fishwick, Tim Hutton, Leigh Sage and Beverly Gardiner will be part of a 180-strong Australian and New Zealand contingent sent to assist with fire control.

The officers are highly skilled and experienced in a variety of incident management roles including planning, logistics and operations.

The deployment has been facilitated through an agreement between the US National Multi-Agency Coordination Group and the Australian National Interagency Fire Centre, with resources being managed via the National Resource Sharing Centre and Emergency Management Victoria.



Native rodent trapped for the first time in WA in 36 years

The elusive black-footed tree-rat has been trapped in the remote North-West Kimberley for the first time since 1982.
The black-footed tree-rat is a large tree dwelling rodent with distinctive black feet and a long black and white tail.
Weighing up to 850 grams, it is one of Australia's largest rodents and was rediscovered in the Kimberley after photographic evidence confirmed its existence last year.
It was the first time the species, which is endemic to Australia, had been seen in the Kimberley for more than 30 years, despite considerable survey efforts over those years.


Rock wallabies bounce back in Kalbarri after translocation

The small but thriving population of rock wallabies in Kalbarri National Park has received a further boost, with 25 more wallabies introduced into the park this week.

The third and final translocation of the species into the park over three years, brings the number of radio-collared wallabies, introduced from Wheatbelt reserves and Cape Range National Park, in the Pilbara to 72.

Black flanked rock wallabies were considered extinct from Kalbarri National Park for 20 years, until two wallabies were filmed in a gorge in 2015.

The translocation is a collaboration between the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) and WWF Australia.