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.)

Cane toad sausages

Cane toad collection to assist with trial

As part of a trial teaching native animals not to eat toxic cane toads, the Department of Parks and Wildlife is seeking the assistance of Kununurra residents to collect toads for the production of taste aversion sausages. Parks and Wildlife cane toad program coordinator Corrin Everitt said research showed that feeding small cane toads to native predators such as floodplain goannas or giving northern quolls toad mince sausages containing a nausea-inducing salt, made them feel sick. “This experience leads to these predators avoiding toads when they subsequently encounter them,” she said. Ms Everitt said the department, in partnership with the University of Sydney and other groups including the Balanggarra rangers, had been testing techniques to reduce the threat of invasive toads to native wildlife such…

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Prescribed burning in the Perth Hills

Smoke visible from large prescribed burns today

The Department of Parks and Wildlife advises smoke will be visible over large parts of the Perth metropolitan area and Mandurah this afternoon as a result of 18,000ha of prescribed burns being carried out to reduce bushfire risk. Swan regional manager Stefan de Haan said three prescribed burns of 8,000ha (20km south-east of Mundaring), 5,509ha (18km east of Dwellingup) and 4,759ha (15km south-east of Dwellingup) would generate a large smoke plume. “The prevailing winds will push this smoke over Mandurah, the southern suburbs of Perth and into the central parts of the city this afternoon,” Mr de Haan said. “We expect this smoke to clear overnight. “The smoke today may affect visibility on roads and motorists should take care, turn on headlights and carefully follow traffic…

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Cultural exchange in the Kimberley

Cultural exchange in the Kimberley

Parks and Wildlife recently hosted a delegation from China’s Danxiashan National Park. The delegation’s visit is part of the ongoing collaboration and sharing of information under a sister park relationship between Danxiashan National Park and WA’s Purnululu National Park - both World Heritage-listed areas. In Kununurra, the members were given an overview of the management operations of Purnululu National Park and met with Indigenous rangers. They also visited Elephant Rock, Mini Palms Gorge Walk, Kungkalanyi Lookout, Echidna Chasm Walk and Mirima National Park. Back in Perth, the delegation were provided with a cultural experience at Yanchep National Park and met with Environment Minister Albert Jacob. Director General Jim Sharp interviewed delegates Mr Duan Pingbo, Deputy Director of the Danxiashan Administrative Committee of Shaoguan City and…

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Explore WA’s marine parks with new app

Explore WA’s marine parks with new app

Discovering Western Australia’s 13 marine parks will be plain sailing with the release of the Marine Parks WA mobile app for iPhones and iPads. Department of Parks and Wildlife senior projects officer Carolyn Thomson-Dans said the app, created by Parks and Wildlife with the support of Department of Fisheries and Exxon Mobil Australia, would enhance the enjoyment of visitors by providing information on the full range of activities in these areas, including fishing. “This will make it easier for people to plan their visits to Western Australia’s magnificent marine parks, from the remote Lalang-Garram / Camden Sound in the Kimberley, to Walpole and Nornalup Inlets in the south,” Ms Thomson-Dans said. “The app contains comprehensive information about each marine park, along with 72 common marine…

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New reserves to protect Ningaloo Coast

New reserves to protect Ningaloo Coast

Where else in the world can you camp along the coastline with a World Heritage listed marine park on your doorstep, stunning coral reef metres from the shore, and the opportunity to get away from it all?    The State Government is creating conservation and recreation reserves along the spectacular Ningaloo coast to ensure that this area is protected and remains accessible to the public now and for future generations. The reserves will be created over land that was taken out of pastoral leases in 2015.  For more information, visit the Ningaloo Coast page. 

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