Western Shield has been announced a joint winner of the ‘Managing the environment’ category at the Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Public Sector Management.
As Parks and Wildlife's flagship wildlife program, achievements under Western Shield include protecting wild populations of more than 30 threatened species, establishing another 37 new populations, and baiting more than 3.8 million hectares for introduced predators each year. The program has also led to the removal of the quenda and tammar wallaby from State threatened species list.
The award was shared with the City of Bayswater’s Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary nutrient stripping wetland, a project also delivered jointly by the department. It was the third year in a row the department has won the category. The awards recognise and reward the most outstanding initiatives and achievements for the State’s public sector throughout the year.