Minister for Environment

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Aboriginal Ranger Program Round 2 applications open

Aboriginal Ranger Program Round 2 applications open

Aboriginal Ranger Program delivering jobs and training in regional and remote WA $9 million available for Round 2 The McGowan Government is calling for expressions of interest for the second round of the Aboriginal Ranger Program. Under the program, new and existing Aboriginal organisations can employ and train rangers, and carry out land and sea management and tourism activities across a range of tenures in remote and regional Western Australia. A total of $8.45 million was allocated in the first round of funding, with $9 million available in this round for single or multi-year projects up to three years. Expressions of interest can be submitted to the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, and are open until March 15, 2019. An expression of interest application…

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Brad Barton (DBCA), Phil Hay (DFES), Murray McBride (DFES), Tony Mennen (DBCA), Paul Roberts (DBCA), Peter Norman (DFES), Craig Edmonds (DFES), Christopher Kin-Maung (DFES), Tom Kenneally (DBCA), Benson Todd (DBCA)

Specialist WA incident managers deployed to Queensland fires

WA continues to provide incident managers and frontline firefighters to Queensland  Ten bushfire incident management experts from Western Australia have been deployed to Queensland this morning to assist in battling multiple fires across the State. The five officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions' Parks and Wildlife Service and five from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services are highly skilled and experienced in a variety of incident management roles, including incident control, planning, logistics, operations and public information. This adds to the 28 DFES career and volunteer firefighters that arrived in Queensland yesterday to bolster frontline firefighting efforts.

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Environment Minister Stephen Dawson

Grants awarded to community groups to protect river

Nine volunteer groups will benefit from almost $260,000 in funding under the second round of the Community Rivercare Program.   Round two funding will go towards weed control and foreshore restoration projects within the Swan Canning Catchment.   The Armadale Gosnells Landcare Group and the South East Regional Centre for Urban Landcare will receive funding under the program to engage with the local community to extend the ecological corridor along the Canning River, providing habitat for native birds and aquatic species.   Grant projects that will receive funding in round two include: Canning River foreshore restoration; Rehabilitation of the Canning River; Revegetation of the Helena River foreshore; Lesmurdie Brook weed control and rehabilitation; Melville Beach Road foreshore restoration; Wright Brook river catchment restoration project; Jarrah…

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Vessel named in honour of whale rescue pioneer

Vessel named in honour of whale rescue pioneer

A new vessel has today been named after the late Doug Coughran, a Western Australian wildlife officer who dedicated much of his life to developing whale rescue techniques that have been instrumental in improving outcomes for entangled whales. These techniques pioneered by Doug are not only practised in WA but around the world. In 2010, Doug's achievements over three decades were formally recognised when he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for his services to conservation and the environment, particularly the disentanglement of whales, as both a practitioner and educator. The 10.5-metre vessel will replace three boats currently used by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, and will be tasked with responding to marine mammal incidents, managing the commercial whale watching…

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Take care in WA’s national parks

Take care in WA’s national parks

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson is urging people to take care in national parks and make sure they have adequate water supplies following two incidents of suspected dehydration at Kalbarri National Park. A 27-year-old man died after completing the loop trail in Kalbarri National Park on Saturday (October 27). On Monday (October 29), a 62-year-old woman and her husband were attempting the loop trail, but turned back after three kilometres, with the woman later collapsing between Nature's Window and the car park. A doctor was on site and administered first aid before St John Ambulance arrived and transported her to the Kalbarri medical centre by ambulance. Visitor safety signage with information about heat stroke and dehydration management is in place in various locations throughout the park,…

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