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Pokeweed in the South West, with flowers and developing fruit.

South West residents commended for response to weed alert

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has welcomed the support of South West residents in joining the search for a new invasive weed. The department issued an alert in December for residents to look out for pokeweed (Phytolacca Americana) and report any sightings after it was found in the Balingup area. Pokeweed is an agricultural and environmental weed, and is toxic to livestock and people. Department invasive species manager Kay Bailey said the department had received more than 20 reports by landowners and residents. “All reports have been investigated and 16 reports have been confirmed as pokeweed, which have been treated,” Ms Bailey said. “The landowners involved and the general community have been very helpful and pro-active. “Willingness to look for, report and…

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New walk trail open in Wellington National Park

New walk trail open in Wellington National Park

A new world-class walk trail has been opened in Wellington National Park, near Collie, as part of the McGowan Government's commitment to improve visitor facilities in the Collie-Preston area. The new 20 kilometre Wiilman Bilya Trail stretches from Wellington Dam north to the Coalfields Highway, winding through magnificent blackbutt, open jarrah forest and past granite outcrops. Bushwalkers can expect a full day walk in either direction, with the option to camp overnight at Nyingarn campsite or at Potters Gorge. The name Wiilman Bilya pays tribute to the traditional Noongar group, Wiilman, with Bilya being the Noongar word for river. The Wiilman people have a strong cultural connection to this area. The $320,000 walk trail was funded by the State Government through the Department of Biodiversity,…

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Western Australia’s aerial fleet capacity significantly enhanced

Western Australia’s aerial fleet capacity significantly enhanced

Western Australia's aerial firefighting fleet can fly further and for a much longer period than ever before, thanks to a new aircraft set to be equipped with advanced hazard-mapping technology. The pride of the State's aerial firefighting fleet is a new Dauphin helicopter FIREBIRD 661, which has been brought on to boost WA's aerial surveillance and reconnaissance capability. It will fly for up to 306 days of the year compared to the previous 110-day fixed service. The new helicopter is faster and has a longer range compared with earlier rotary craft, including an extra hour's flying time and 300 kilometres of additional deployment range. It can be deployed from its Jandakot base to locations as far away as Esperance or Kalgoorlie, without having to refuel.…

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Have your say on Wellington National Park expansion

Have your say on Wellington National Park expansion

The proposed expansion will include an additional 7,360 hectares, an increase of more than 42 per cent Wellington National Park is located 150 kilometres south of Perth    The McGowan Government is committed to the expansion of Wellington National Park, with the public comment period now open on the expansion proposal. The proposed expansion along the southern border to the Preston River will provide a focus for tourism along major access routes and enhance opportunities for recreation, including mountain biking, bushwalking, camping, cultural education and adventure activities. It will also provide greater protection for significant areas of mature jarrah and marri forest, and high-quality wildlife habitat within the proposed expansion area.   These additions will increase the overall area of the national park to almost…

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Have your say on Wellington National Park expansion

Have your say on Wellington National Park expansion

The proposal for the expansion of Wellington National Park has been released for public comment with submissions closing COB 13 March 2019. The proposal would see an additional 7360 hectares of land added to the national park, along the current southern border of the park to the Preston River. These additions will increase the overall area of the national park to almost 25,000 hectares. The proposed reserve design seeks to balance environmental, economic and social factors and minimise the impacts on the timber industry.

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