News and media statements

All Parks and Wildlife Service news items and media statements produced after mid-August 2019 are available on the new departmental website .

Media statements archive

Media statements archive

(This website contains news items and media statements produced prior to August 2019 only.)

Geocrinia vitellina

Tiny frogs discovered in the south-west

Two new populations of the threatened orange-bellied frog (Geocrinia vitellina) have been discovered in the Blackwood River National Park, south-east of the Margaret River townsite.   Department of Parks and Wildlife conservation officer Christine Fleay said the discovery extends the known range of the orange-bellied frog by 37 per cent – a significant increase for what is one of the most restricted vertebrate species in Australia.   “The discovery of two new populations with over 50 individuals has come at a crucial time, given the other six populations have been steadily declining over the last 10 years,” Ms Fleay said.   “These thumbnail-sized frogs are listed as vulnerable to extinction and are threatened by bushfire, changes in rainfall, damage by feral pigs and burial by…

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How a prescribed burn helped stop two bushfires

How a prescribed burn helped stop two bushfires

In February this year, two bushfires that started on the same day were brought under control because of an earlier prescribed burn conducted by Parks and Wildlife. With our autumn program underway, this video tells the story of the value of prescribed burning. For more information about prescribed burns near you, visit www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/todaysburns

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Extra bushfire protection for Great Eastern Highway

Extra bushfire protection for Great Eastern Highway

A series of new firebreaks will be established by the Department of Parks and Wildlife along a 75km stretch of Great Eastern Highway in the Goldfields to provide additional protection to motorists and firefighters during bushfires. Parks and Wildlife Goldfields fire management regional leader Ryan Butler said the firebreaks would be established between Bullabulling and Karalee, and mostly in Boorabbin and Goldfields Woodlands national parks, over the next two years. “These firebreaks will complement the existing breaks and provide an enhanced buffer in areas of highly flammable vegetation along the highway,” he said. “Once completed, people travelling along this part of the highway will be better protected during bushfires, it will be safer for firefighters to work near the highway, and it will also reduce…

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Irukandji presence in Ningaloo Reef

Irukandji presence in Ningaloo Reef

Irukandji presence in Ningaloo Reef The Department of Parks and Wildlife is reminding all visitors to Ningaloo Reef to be aware of the presence of jellyfish following a number of reported stings and sightings of jellyfish in the water and on beaches. This includes one sting from the uncommon, but potentially harmful jellyfish (Keesingia gigas) presumed to be capable of causing Irukandji Syndrome. People should be aware of the potential dangers of all jellyfish including Irukandji when swimming or walking beaches, avoid touching jellyfish of any species; be aware of the signs and symptoms of Irukandji Syndrome, and understand first aid procedures and strategies for reducing the risk of being stung. While most Irukandji jellyfish are small, transparent and often not seen, Keesingia gigas are…

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Minister welcomes WA's future rangers

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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