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Enjoy parks in Esperance area responsibly

Lucky Bay at Cape Le Grand National Park
Lucky Bay at Cape Le Grand National Park Parks and Wildlife

The Department of Parks and Wildlife is encouraging visitors to enjoy Esperance’s scenic national parks and nature reserves responsibly.

Parks and Wildlife district manager Rob Blok said it was important park users were mindful of others and aware of park regulations prior to visiting.

“The department urges all visitors to check and follow signage at our parks and reserves, because this provides important information relating to personal safety and responsible usage,” Mr Blok said.

“If in doubt about what you can do or where to go, please check with one of our rangers or call the local Parks and Wildlife office for more information.

“We encourage everyone to enjoy the magnificent scenery and recreational opportunities in south coast parks in a responsible way, for everyone’s benefit.”

Mr Blok urged regular visitors to national parks to purchase a 12-month park pass.

“This is an economical and easy way to access national parks, or you can pay the entry fee each time,” he said.

“Entry fees assist the department in managing national parks through the provision and maintenance of facilities such as toilets and barbecues.”

Mr Blok said that with the bushfire season imminent, open fires were not permitted in any of the south coast national parks or reserves.

“Gas barbecues are provided for visitor use at some day use sites and camp sites,” he said.

“We would also like to remind people that Parks and Wildlife conducts 1080 fox baiting in this area so, for safety reasons, please leave your pets at home.”

Only licensed vehicles may be used to travel through national parks, on marked public access tracks.

“Unlicensed off-road vehicles cannot be used,” Mr Blok said.

“Unfortunately there have been some recent incidents where trail bikes and quad bikes were used in Cape Arid National Park, damaging vegetation and increasing the risk of spread of dieback.”

Contact the Parks and Wildlife Esperance office on 9083 2100 for information about visiting local national parks and reserves.

Media contact: Parks and Wildlife Media 9219 9999