Minister for Environment

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Prescribed burn

$22 million funding boost for prescribed burning

The McGowan Government is delivering a $22 million funding boost to DBCA's Enhanced Prescribed Burning Program over four years, via the 2019-20 State Budget. This is in addition to the department's annual prescribed burning budget allocation of $11 million for the south-west of the State. Research shows that prescribed burning is effective in reducing the frequency and size of bushfires in the forests of south-west Western Australia when at least 45 per cent of the landscape has a fuel age of less than six years since last burnt. To realise this target in the three south-west forest regions it manages, DBCA's Parks and Wildlife Service aims to prescribe burn at least 200,000 hectares each financial year.

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Cape Peron restoration completed to preserve WA’s history

Cape Peron restoration completed to preserve WA’s history

Restoration completed at the John Point lookout, gun emplacement and observation post Cape Peron is part of the Rockingham Lakes Regional Park Cape Peron, one of Western Australia's coastal defence sites during the Second World War, has been upgraded to reflect its historical significance. The area surrounding the heritage-listed observation post has been resurfaced with limestone concrete, while new steps have been installed and the existing balustrade has been replaced with galvanised steel. The John Point lookout at Cape Peron has also been upgraded to include a limestone retaining wall, limestone concrete surface and an aluminium marine-grade balustrade. The gun emplacement has been enhanced with a limestone retaining wall and bench seating. The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) will continue to work with…

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10-year plan for the proposed Niiwalarra Islands National Park and Lesueur Island Nature Reserve

10-year plan for the proposed Niiwalarra Islands National Park and Lesueur Island Nature Reserve

The McGowan Government has today released the draft joint management plan for the proposed Niiwalarra Islands National Park and Lesueur Island Nature Reserve for people to have their say. The draft joint management plan covers the islands that form the Niiwalarra islands and Lesueur Island, which are located off the coast of the Kimberley region of Western Australia. The islands will be jointly vested with the Balanggarra Aboriginal Corporation and the Conservation and Parks Commission. They will be jointly managed by the Balanggarra traditional owners (Kwini people) and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions. Niiwalarra is the traditional Kwini name for Sir Graham Moore Island. Niiwalarra islands refers to the island group, 'Sir Graham Moore islands'. The release of this draft joint management plan…

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Draft joint management plan released for Guniyan Binba Conservation Park

Draft joint management plan released for Guniyan Binba Conservation Park

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson has today encouraged people to have their say on the draft joint management plan for the Guniyan Binba Conservation Park. The Guniyan Binba Conservation Park is an intertidal reserve that covers an area north of Cable Beach to Willie Creek. The park is jointly vested and managed by the Yawuru Registered Native Title Holders Body Corporate, the Shire of Broome, and the Conservation and Parks Commission under the Conservation and Land Management Act 1984. It is managed according to the Yawuru Prescribed Body Corporate Indigenous Land Use Agreement and the Yawuru Area Agreement Indigenous Land Use Agreement. The area features sandy beaches, mangroves and other important habitat for many aquatic, bird, mammal and reptile species including nesting habitat for the threatened…

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Support for Wellington National Park expansion revealed on International Day of Forests

Support for Wellington National Park expansion revealed on International Day of Forests

The McGowan Government has welcomed a positive response to the proposed expansion of Wellington National Park, with the public consultation period now closed. The consultation response, released today on International Day of Forests, is a positive step towards the delivery of this election commitment for the people of the Collie-Preston electorate. The proposed expansion along the southern boundary to the Preston River will provide a focus for tourism along major access routes and enhance opportunities for recreation, while also providing greater protection for flora and fauna. A total of 46 submissions were received, with the vast majority expressing their support for the expansion. Reasons for supporting the proposal included an increased level of protection for the natural environment, and opportunities for developing the local economy…

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