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Swan and Canning rivers update

Swan and Canning rivers update

A surge of freshwater from the Avon catchment last week has brought heavy loads of nutrients, organic matter and sediments into the Swan and Canning rivers prompting authorities to urge people to stay away from discoloured water.   The Department of Parks and Wildlife’s river systems manager, Mark Cugley, said State Government agencies are keeping a close watch on conditions in the Swan Canning Riverpark with more unseasonal rains forecast this week.   “This could lead to further discolouration, with foam becoming visible in parts of the river, associated with the break-down of organic matter,” Mr Cugley said.   “Currently there is discoloured water visible downstream to Fremantle on outgoing tides.   “The Health Department has general advice for people not to swim in the…

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Cane River Conservation Park

Long-term plan for Pilbara conservation

The State Government has released a landmark plan to deliver a new level of conservation management for the vast Pilbara region. Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the new Pilbara Conservation Strategy would provide a landscape scale, co-ordinated approach to biodiversity conservation aimed at enhancing the region's rich and diverse plant and animal life. "Following the success of the Government's $103.6 million Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy, we are extending this proven landscape-scale method of managing key threats such as fire, feral animals and weeds, to the Pilbara," Mr Jacob said. "The Pilbara strategy aims to deliver improved conservation outcomes and enhance the region's high biodiversity and landscape values across property boundaries over the long term. "It brings together a range of stakeholders involved in the…

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Numbats in Dryandra Woodland. Photo - John Lawson

Dryandra predator-proof fence complete

A new 1,000-hectare, predator-proof enclosure at the proposed Dryandra Woodland National Park will help numbats and other endangered species survive in the wild.  Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the 1.8 metre high, 14.7 kilometre fence, a Liberal National Government 2013 election commitment, had been completed and work would now start on removing feral predators from the site. "The $550,000 enclosure is designed to protect numbats, woylies and other threatened native species from predation by foxes and cats," Mr Jacob said. "The Department of Parks and Wildlife will now start removing feral predators from inside the fence prior to the translocation of native animals. "This work will be conducted as part of the Western Shield wildlife conservation program." The Minister said an area within the enclosure…

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New national park for the north Kimberley

New national park for the north Kimberley

The creation of the landmark Kimberley National Park is on track, with the first section of park soon to be established in partnership with the Wilinggin traditional owners. The proposed Wilinggin National Park will be part of the Kimberley National Park, which is set to become Australia's biggest national park at around two million hectares. Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the State had signed a new Indigenous Land Use Agreement with the Wilinggin people and would create the Wilinggin National Park in the remote north Kimberley, which would protect the area's exceptional cultural and biodiversity values. "These remote landscapes contain ancient rock art sites, stone arrangements, burial sites, ceremonial sites and important mythological areas immensely significant to the Wilinggin traditional owners, who have continuing connections…

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Join in the riverside clean-up and make a difference

Join in the riverside clean-up and make a difference

If you have ever enjoyed a trip to the Swan Canning Riverpark, join us for the Clean Our Rivers event from 30 January to 5 February and make a difference to river health. Department of Parks and Wildlife volunteers and community manager Jason Menzies said people were encouraged to gather their friends and take part in a riverside rubbish clean-up. “This is a great way for Perth river users to help prevent rubbish and discarded fishing waste making their way into the river system,” Mr Menzies said. “We’re hoping lots of people can get involved with this initiative, which is in its second year.” Mr Menzies said Parks and Wildlife removed several tonnes of rubbish such as plastics, shopping trolleys, whitegoods and fishing waste from…

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