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.)

One of the new mobile communications vehicles

Mobile operations trucks boost bushfire communications

The Department of Parks and Wildlife has developed two high-tech mobile communications vehicles to assist with bushfire management, particularly in remote locations. The trucks are fitted with internet capability and telephones powered by a rooftop satellite dish, computer screens delivering weather, mapping, emails and other information, VHF radios and a printer for essential colour maps. Regional fire services coordinator Murray Mitchell said the vehicles had been designed and fitted out by departmental staff to replace two ageing and less-equipped mobile control point buses. “The need for optimum communications during bushfires is paramount and these new trucks give us greater flexibility and operational support for firefighters than the old buses,” Mr Mitchell said.

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Part of the Barker River cleared of taro

Successful weed removal at Mount Hart, King Leopold Ranges

Department of Parks and Wildlife staff and Wunggurr traditional owners are winning the battle against the invasive weed taro at Mount Hart in King Leopold Ranges Conservation Park. West Kimberley district operations officer Dr Karen Bettink said introduced taro (Colocasia esculenta var. aquatilis) - also known as elephant ears - had been choking parts of the Barker River near the Mount Hart Homestead, preventing native species from flourishing. “We have been working since 2008 with the local Wunggurr rangers to eradicate taro at the homestead and along a heavily-infested 8km section of river,” Dr Bettink said. “With funding from the State Government’s Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy, trials were conducted to determine the best control method, and with adaptive management, significant inroads have been made…

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2016 Volunteers

2016 Volunteer of the Year and Outstanding Service Awards

Parks and Wildlife has recognised and celebrated the work of exceptional volunteers at the annual Volunteer of the Year awards. Environment Minister Albert Jacob and Director General Jim Sharp presented the 2016 Volunteer of the Year award to Darryl Scott for his work as a campground host in Stokes National Park and his assistance with numerous projects in the department’s Esperance District.  

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Enjoy a boat trip to Penguin Island – stay off the sandbar

Enjoy a boat trip to Penguin Island – stay off the sandbar

Visitors to Penguin Island are being urged to avoid walking across the sandbar at any time for safety reasons. Department of Parks and Wildlife officer Dave Charles said crossing the sandbar between Penguin Island and Mersey Point in Shoalwater was potentially dangerous as conditions changed quickly. “The best and safest way to access Penguin Island is by boat – either by ferry or private vessel,” Mr Charles said. The department regularly closes the sandbar when forecast local weather, tide, surge and sea conditions pose a risk to people, but closures are often ignored by some members. “Many people with local knowledge use the sandbar even when it is closed, but this is risky and can provide a false sense of security for people not familiar…

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Get Nearer to Nature this school holidays

Get Nearer to Nature this school holidays

Kids can discover all kinds of summer holiday fun with the Department of Parks and Wildlife’s Nearer to Nature program in the northern suburbs. For children aged four and over, activities will be held at Yanchep National Park, Trigg Beach and Star Swamp Reserve from Monday 9 January to Tuesday 24 January.  Paleontologist for a day is a new activity being held at Yanchep National Park for seven to 12-year-olds. Children will reconstruct a giant marsupial and learn fascinating facts about its life in Australia more than a million years ago. There are more cave-based sessions at Yanchep with Adventure caving for eight to 10-year-olds and 10 to 14-year-olds, while littlies aged four to seven years will love the Enchanted environment session in one of…

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