Minister for Environment

Minister for Environment (167)

Cane River Conservation Park

Long-term plan for Pilbara conservation

The State Government has released a landmark plan to deliver a new level of conservation management for the vast Pilbara region. Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the new Pilbara Conservation Strategy would provide a landscape scale, co-ordinated approach to biodiversity conservation aimed at enhancing the region's rich and diverse plant and animal life. "Following the success of the Government's $103.6 million Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy, we are extending this proven landscape-scale method of managing key threats such as fire, feral animals and weeds, to the Pilbara," Mr Jacob said. "The Pilbara strategy aims to deliver improved conservation outcomes and enhance the region's high biodiversity and landscape values across property boundaries over the long term. "It brings together a range of stakeholders involved in the…

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Numbats in Dryandra Woodland. Photo - John Lawson

Dryandra predator-proof fence complete

A new 1,000-hectare, predator-proof enclosure at the proposed Dryandra Woodland National Park will help numbats and other endangered species survive in the wild.  Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the 1.8 metre high, 14.7 kilometre fence, a Liberal National Government 2013 election commitment, had been completed and work would now start on removing feral predators from the site. "The $550,000 enclosure is designed to protect numbats, woylies and other threatened native species from predation by foxes and cats," Mr Jacob said. "The Department of Parks and Wildlife will now start removing feral predators from inside the fence prior to the translocation of native animals. "This work will be conducted as part of the Western Shield wildlife conservation program." The Minister said an area within the enclosure…

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Headwaters of the Prince Regent River

New national park for the north Kimberley

The creation of the landmark Kimberley National Park is on track, with the first section of park soon to be established in partnership with the Wilinggin traditional owners. The proposed Wilinggin National Park will be part of the Kimberley National Park, which is set to become Australia's biggest national park at around two million hectares. Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the State had signed a new Indigenous Land Use Agreement with the Wilinggin people and would create the Wilinggin National Park in the remote north Kimberley, which would protect the area's exceptional cultural and biodiversity values. "These remote landscapes contain ancient rock art sites, stone arrangements, burial sites, ceremonial sites and important mythological areas immensely significant to the Wilinggin traditional owners, who have continuing connections…

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More camping sites for Lucky Bay visitors

More camping sites for Lucky Bay visitors

The expansion of camping facilities at Lucky Bay east of Esperance, rated among Australia's best beaches, will continue this year with another $2.95 million thanks to the Liberal National Government's investment in Western Australian camping and caravanning initiatives. Premier and Tourism Minister Colin Barnett said the Stage 2 redevelopment of the campground would include establishment of eight to 10 premium camp sites with their own deck or verandah, their own ablutions and camp kitchen. "Lucky Bay, in Cape Le Grand National Park, is one of the most beautiful areas in WA and this is a significant boost to tourism in this region," Mr Barnett said. "This is an example of how the Liberal National Government has invested in our national parks to make them more…

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Swimming with humpback whales continues

Swimming with humpback whales continues

The Liberal National Government will proceed with a second year of the swimming with humpback whale trial in Ningaloo Marine Park in 2017. Preliminary results from the inaugural trial from August to November 2016 were encouraging, with 1,644 people experiencing swimming with these giants of the ocean. Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the trial, undertaken with licensed operators that already delivered swimming with whale shark tours, aimed to determine the environmental sustainability and risks to swimmers and whales.  "The Department of Parks and Wildlife regulates the interactions so the tour operators have rules in place to minimise the risk to swimmers and disturbances to humpback whales, while still ensuring visitors have a unique experience of nature," Mr Jacob said. "Most visitor responses from a trial…

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