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Camping at Lucky Bay, with more amenities to come in Stage 2

More camping sites for Lucky Bay visitors

The expansion of camping facilities at Lucky Bay east of Esperance, rated among Australia's best beaches, will continue this year with another $2.95 million thanks to the Liberal National Government's investment in Western Australian camping and caravanning initiatives. Premier and Tourism Minister Colin Barnett said the Stage 2 redevelopment of the campground would include establishment of eight to 10 premium camp sites with their own deck or verandah, their own ablutions and camp kitchen. "Lucky Bay, in Cape Le Grand National Park, is one of the most beautiful areas in WA and this is a significant boost to tourism in this region," Mr Barnett said. "This is an example of how the Liberal National Government has invested in our national parks to make them more…

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Geraldton carnation. Photo - Parks and Wildlife

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. “Parks and Wildlife is urging visitors to the national park to ensure their vehicles and shoes are…

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Humback whales

Swimming with humpback whales continues

The Liberal National Government will proceed with a second year of the swimming with humpback whale trial in Ningaloo Marine Park in 2017. Preliminary results from the inaugural trial from August to November 2016 were encouraging, with 1,644 people experiencing swimming with these giants of the ocean. Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the trial, undertaken with licensed operators that already delivered swimming with whale shark tours, aimed to determine the environmental sustainability and risks to swimmers and whales.  "The Department of Parks and Wildlife regulates the interactions so the tour operators have rules in place to minimise the risk to swimmers and disturbances to humpback whales, while still ensuring visitors have a unique experience of nature," Mr Jacob said. "Most visitor responses from a trial…

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Mobile operations trucks boost bushfire communications

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. “Increased communications capability is a significant benefit, with many of the bushfires we…

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Successful weed removal at Mount Hart, King Leopold Ranges

Successful weed removal at Mount Hart, King Leopold Ranges

Department of Parks and Wildlife staff and Wunggurr traditional owners are winning the battle against the invasive weed taro at Mount Hart in King Leopold Ranges Conservation Park. West Kimberley district operations officer Dr Karen Bettink said introduced taro (Colocasia esculenta var. aquatilis) - also known as elephant ears - had been choking parts of the Barker River near the Mount Hart Homestead, preventing native species from flourishing. “We have been working since 2008 with the local Wunggurr rangers to eradicate taro at the homestead and along a heavily-infested 8km section of river,” Dr Bettink said. “With funding from the State Government’s Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy, trials were conducted to determine the best control method, and with adaptive management, significant inroads have been made…

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