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WA firefighters assist with Canadian blazes

WA firefighters assist with Canadian blazes

Four Parks and Wildlife Service firefighters from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) will travel to Canada's British Columbia to help battle 130 widespread forest fires. The officers - Brad Barton, Tony Mennen, Paul Musarra and Dr Adrian Wayne - are highly experienced in a variety of incident management roles including planning, logistics and operations. They are scheduled to depart Perth Airport today and will be based in various locations across British Columbia for up to six weeks. The deployment has been facilitated through an agreement between Australia's National Aerial Firefighting Centre and the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre for the purposes of assisting each nation with critical bushfire emergencies. Comments attributed to Acting Environment Minister David Templeman: "This latest deployment continues a…

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Master plan to guide WA mountain biking towards world stage

Master plan to guide WA mountain biking towards world stage

The push to transform Western Australia into an international mountain biking destination has received a boost with the release of a master plan to guide the development of trails in Perth and Peel. The Perth and Peel Mountain Bike Master Plan, launched today by Environment Minister Stephen Dawson and Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray, proposes expanding the current network of trails from 125 kilometres across nine sites to 575 kilometres across 24 sites. The report identifies priority sites of potential national significance in the Perth Hills, Wungong and Dwellingup; and regionally significant opportunities in the Swan Valley, Jarrahdale and Yanchep. The plan was developed by WestCycle, with support from the State Government, Lotterywest and the West Australian Mountain Bike Association. The plan can be…

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Humpback mother and calf near Rottnest. Photo- Rick Dawson/ Parks and Wildlife

Northern whale migration under way

Annual humpback whale migration from Antarctica to the KimberleyMajor tourist attraction for whale watchers The annual northern migration of humpback whales along the Western Australian coast is under way with sightings of the majestic creatures being reported from Albany to Exmouth. Thousands of these mammals make the 13,000 kilometre round-trip from Antarctica to warmer waters in WA's north between May and late November. During this time, the number of whale entanglements and stranding incidents may increase, and the Department of Parks and Wildlife has specialised teams throughout the State that can be deployed to safely attempt disentanglements. The humpback migration is one of the longest whale watching seasons in the world attracting thousands of visitors to the coast, providing a boost to whale tour operators…

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International whale shark conference set for Ningaloo

International whale shark conference set for Ningaloo

The World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Coast has been chosen as the location for the 2019 International Whale Shark Conference. Hosted by the Department of Parks and Wildlife with support from the Australian Institute of Marine Science, whale shark conservation group ECOCEAN and CSIRO, the event will be held in Exmouth in May 2019. Held every three years, the conference aims to generate and support international collaboration in whale shark science, conservation and management.  Previous host countries have included Mexico, the United States and Qatar. Ningaloo Marine Park is one of only a few places in the world where whale sharks appear regularly in near-shore waters in numbers and where they are easily visible to observers.  As a result, Exmouth and Coral Bay are world renowned for…

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Prescribed burning result best in 29 years

Prescribed burning result best in 29 years

Prescribed burning an essential tool to protect communities Burning creates lower fuel loads across larger areas of the State's south-west helping to reduce the severity and size of bushfires Environment Minister Stephen Dawson today announced that about 238,000 hectares of prescribed burning had been achieved this season - the best outcome in 29 years. The last time an amount of this magnitude was achieved was 1987-88, when 252,000ha were burnt. Prescribed burning significantly reduces the threat and severity of damaging bushfires, minimising the risk to life and infrastructure. Since July 1, 2016, the Department of Parks and Wildlife has completed 91 burns in national parks, conservation reserves and State forests, from Gingin in the north to Denmark on the south coast as well as in…

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