Parks and Wildlife has recognised and celebrated the work of exceptional volunteers at the annual Volunteer of the Year awards.
Environment Minister Albert Jacob and Director General Jim Sharp presented the 2016 Volunteer of the Year award to Darryl Scott for his work as a campground host in Stokes National Park and his assistance with numerous projects in the department’s Esperance District.
The world-renowned Horizontal Falls in the Kimberley region, one of the great wonders of the natural world, is being protected with the creation of the Lalang-garram/Horizontal Falls and North Lalang-garram marine parks.
Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the creation and joint management of these two new parks would ensure the long-term future of this unique conservation, cultural and ecotourism destination.
It brings to five, the number of marine parks established so far by the Liberal National Government in the Kimberley, delivering unprecedented environmental outcomes along with tourism and job opportunities.
Environment Minister Albert Jacob has approved funding of $22.5 million to reintroduce native animals to Dirk Hartog Island National Park for stage two of an ecological restoration project.
Mr Jacob said the Liberal National Government funding would enable 10 locally extinct mammal species and one bird species to be returned to the island.
The island is the site of Western Australia's first recorded European landing by Dutch explorer Dirk Hartog on October 25, 1616.