Have your say on Wellington National Park expansion

The proposal for the expansion of Wellington National Park has been released for public comment with submissions closing COB 13 March 2019.

The proposal would see an additional 7360 hectares of land added to the national park, along the current southern border of the park to the Preston River.

These additions will increase the overall area of the national park to almost 25,000 hectares.

The proposed reserve design seeks to balance environmental, economic and social factors and minimise the impacts on the timber industry.



Aboriginal Ranger Program Round 2 applications open

  • Aboriginal Ranger Program delivering jobs and training in regional and remote WA
  • $9 million available for Round 2

The McGowan Government is calling for expressions of interest for the second round of the Aboriginal Ranger Program.

Under the program, new and existing Aboriginal organisations can employ and train rangers, and carry out land and sea management and tourism activities across a range of tenures in remote and regional Western Australia.

A total of $8.45 million was allocated in the first round of funding, with $9 million available in this round for single or multi-year projects up to three years.

Expressions of interest can be submitted to the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, and are open until March 15, 2019.

An expression of interest application form and the Aboriginal Ranger Program guidelines are available at http://www.dbca.wa.gov.au/aboriginalrangerprogram



Specialist WA incident managers deployed to Queensland fires

  • WA continues to provide incident managers and frontline firefighters to Queensland 

Ten bushfire incident management experts from Western Australia have been deployed to Queensland this morning to assist in battling multiple fires across the State.

The five officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions' Parks and Wildlife Service and five from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services are highly skilled and experienced in a variety of incident management roles, including incident control, planning, logistics, operations and public information.

This adds to the 28 DFES career and volunteer firefighters that arrived in Queensland yesterday to bolster frontline firefighting efforts.



Milestone for Kalbarri Skywalk project

The completion of the world-class Kalbarri Skywalk project is one step closer, with the contract to construct two skywalks awarded to Bocol Constructions Pty Ltd.

The two 100-metre-high skywalks at the West Loop site in Kalbarri National Park will project 25 metres and 17 metres beyond the rim of the Murchison River Gorge, providing visitors with soaring views of the spectacular gorge and surrounding environment.

Construction of the skywalks is expected to be completed by mid-2019.

The $20 million project has also included the sealing of 22 kilometres of park roads, and the expansion and upgrading of the Z Bend and Meanarra Hill tourist sites.