Minister for Environment

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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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Black-flanked rock wallabies at Kalbarri NP

Rock wallabies released into Kalbarri National Park

Black-flanked rock wallabies have been released into Kalbarri National Park in the Mid-West as part of an effort to re-establish a population of the threatened species in the park. A total of 23 radio-collared rock wallabies from three Wheatbelt populations were translocated by Department of Parks and Wildlife staff and volunteers, with assistance from WWF Australia. Black-flanked rock wallabies were considered extinct from the park for 20 years, until two wallabies were filmed in a gorge in 2015. The sighting was later confirmed by Parks and Wildlife camera monitoring. To date, 46 radio-collared rock wallabies have been released into the park from the Wheatbelt, with 23 introduced last year. Monitoring has shown only one animal from last year's translocation is known to have died and…

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Grant Capes, Fitzroy Valley District High School (left); Environment Minister (middle); and Kurt Skeen, Fitzroy Valley District High School (right)

Minister welcomes WA's future rangers

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson has acknowledged the leadership of school-based conservationists in creating Western Australia's next generation of park rangers. More than 3,700 primary and secondary students from across the State currently participate in the Bush Rangers and River Rangers programs co-ordinated by the Department of Parks and Wildlife. Significantly, Bush Rangers has 26 per cent Aboriginal and 47 per cent female participation, the highest rates across all Cadets WA programs. About 100 Bush Ranger and River Ranger unit leaders met in Perth last week to exchange ideas and plan program activities over the next 12 months. Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said: "The Bush Rangers programs in the Kimberley and other remote parts of the State have been highly successful in creating pathways for careers…

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