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Action taken to protect native animals from feral cats

Action taken to protect native animals from feral cats

- Feral cats now declared as pests to support conservation efforts in Western Australia- Recognised Biosecurity Groups can receive State Government funding to match the Declared Pest Rate for implementation of feral cat management programs- Feral cats have played a major role in the extinction of at least 27 native mammal species The State Government has strengthened measures to protect vulnerable and threatened native wildlife by declaring feral cats a pest animal in Western Australia. The declaration will enable natural resource management and recognised biosecurity groups to control feral cats and complement cat control efforts by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions within State reserves and areas of high conservation value. Feral cat management programs implemented by Recognised Biosecurity Groups can be funded by…

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Dales Gorge. Photo- Judy Dunlop/ DBCA

Camp site bookings go online for Karijini National Park

Securing a camp site at the popular Karijini National Park is now easier with the introduction of an online booking system for Dales Campground. Karijini National Park is Western Australia's second largest park and, with more than 350,000 visits in 2017-18, is one of the State's most popular destinations. The park offers spectacular rugged scenery, ancient geological formations, rich cultural heritage values and a range of recreational experiences. Dales Campground is accessible by regular two-wheel drive cars and features 140 individual sites suitable for large tents, caravans, campervans and camper trailers, with facilities including barbecues, picnic tables and toilets.

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International celebration of Western Australia’s whale sharks

International celebration of Western Australia’s whale sharks

The World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Coast is being put in the international spotlight, as it prepares to celebrate the annual whale shark visit. The gentle giants migrate to Western Australian shores between March and August each year, and have become a popular drawcard for locals and tourists. The Ningaloo Whale Shark Festival will celebrate the migration with a three-day festival in Exmouth, featuring family entertainment, local seafood and coastal culture. The festival is held annually on the last weekend in May, and this year will include free entry for visitors into Cape Range National Park on Sunday, May 26. Following the festival, Exmouth will host the 5th International Whale Shark Conference, a prestigious event that aims to generate and support international collaboration in whale shark science, conservation…

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State Budget delivers increased funding for national parks and reserves

State Budget delivers increased funding for national parks and reserves

The McGowan Government is investing more than $22 million to the creation and ongoing management of national parks, marine parks and conservation reserves in the 2019-20 State Budget. Under the ambitious Plan for Our Parks initiative, five million hectares of new national and marine parks and reserves will be established over the next five years. $10 million will be invested over the next two years to establish visitor operations and infrastructure at the proposed Houtman Abrolhos Islands National Park. This will include the creation of a jetty, installation of signage and paths, and the expansion and upgrades to the airstrip. A further $3.8 million will be spread over the four-year budget period for the ongoing management of the islands. Known for its rich biodiversity and…

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$22 million funding boost for prescribed burning

$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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