Minister for Environment

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Seeking comment on Kimberley and Pilbara reserves

The Liberal National Government is seeking public comment on the draft 10-year joint management plan for conservation reserves in the south-west Kimberley and north-west Pilbara. Environment Minister Albert Jacob today encouraged West Australians to provide comment on the plan for these remote but important reserves. "Community feedback on the draft plan is vital because it helps shape how conservation, cultural and recreation values of this important area of the State are managed," Mr Jacob said. The draft plan was developed with the Karajarri Traditional Lands Association, the Nyangumarta Warrarn Aboriginal Corporation and the Wanparta Aboriginal Corporation as a part of the $103.6 million Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy. It comprises the Kurriji Pa Yajula (formerly Dragon Tree Soak) Nature Reserve, the new Walyarta Conservation Park,…

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The air crane dropping water at Cockburn Sound

Air fleet assembled for 2016-17 bushfire season

Western Australia's aerial firefighting fleet for the 2016-17 bushfire season has been strengthened with the arrival of the huge Erickson Aircrane water bomber. Nicknamed 'Georgia Peach', the Aircrane joins 21 other rotary and fixed-wing aircraft in the joint Department of Fire and Emergency Services and Department of Parks and Wildlife fleet. Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis said the aerial fleet was a vital part of the State's firefighting capability. "The aircraft do an amazing job.  By getting to bushfires early to attack the flames, they make an enormous difference for firefighters on the ground," Mr Francis said. "The severity and frequency of fires continues to increase in WA, with our aerial fleet dropping more than 28 million litres of suppressants last bushfire season." Environment Minister…

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A prescribed burn in the south-west

Record for prescribed burning in south-west

More than 166,000 hectares of prescribed burning has been achieved by the Department of Parks and Wildlife from Gingin in the north to Denmark on the south coast since July 1 this year - a significant outcome in preparing Western Australia for the coming bushfire season. Environment Minister Albert Jacob said prescribed burning was an essential tool in minimising the threat of bushfires and protecting communities, and Parks and Wildlife was well on its way to reaching the annual target of 200,000 hectares. "Favourable weather conditions and additional funding provided by the Liberal National Government have enabled the department to significantly progress its prescribed burn program with substantial results," Mr Jacob said. "Autumn and spring are the ideal seasons for prescribed burning in the south-west…

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Creation of North Kimberley Marine Park

Creation of North Kimberley Marine Park

The Liberal National Government has today finalised the Great Kimberley Marine Park with the creation of the massive 1,845,000 hectare North Kimberley Marine Park. Environment Minister Albert Jacob said about three million hectares of ocean - more than half of the State's Kimberley coastal waters - would now be protected in six new marine parks. "Under the Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy, we have successfully established new marine parks at Camden Sound, Eighty Mile Beach, Horizontal Falls, North Lalang-garram, Roebuck Bay and now North Kimberley," Mr Jacob said. "This has increased the total area of the State's marine parks and reserves by more than 200 per cent, from 1.5 million hectares to about five million hectares since 2008, delivering jobs, eco-tourism opportunities and unprecedented environmental…

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Feral cats targeted in karri forest

Feral cats targeted in karri forest

The Liberal National Government will fund a trial program targeting feral cats using Eradicat bait in timber harvest coupes in the southern forest region. Forestry Minister Mia Davies said the baiting of feral cats would complement the State Government's fox baiting programs in these areas. "Foxes and feral cats are a significant threat to native fauna and baiting programs for both introduced predators should result in the recovery of locally threatened native fauna," Ms Davies said.   "The Forest Products Commission has funded the baiting trial as part of it's independent accreditation to international standards, which ensures the Commission is adhering to sound environmental practices." The first phase of the trial is underway and will gather baseline data at two sites, one where baiting will…

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