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.)

Western ground parrot

Workshop for the future of western ground parrots

Conservation experts are attending a workshop this week for the critically endangered western ground parrot hosted by the Department of Parks and Wildlife. Leaders from a range of disciplines from across Australia and New Zealand are meeting in Perth to provide expert input to identify and prioritise emergency interventions for the species. Parks and Wildlife regional ecologist and South Coast Threatened Birds Recovery Team chair Sarah Comer said severe bushfires in Cape Arid National Park at the end of 2015 had destroyed around 90 per cent of the bird’s known habitat. The fires have created additional challenges to secure the future of the western ground parrot. ”Although a small number of western ground parrots remain in the wild, careful management is required for the population…

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Logue Brook Dam campground. Photo- Parks and Wildlife

Campgrounds filling up for Easter 2016

The Department of Parks and Wildlife is advising people planning on camping in national parks and reserves over the Easter long weekend to check availability before they go. Many campgrounds in parks and reserves in the South West, Warren and Swan regions are fully occupied ahead of the Easter long weekend, with limited availability at some sites on a first-come, first-served basis. All bookable campsites are full. The department encourages people planning to camp in national parks and reserves to arrive as early as possible and have a back-up plan in place in case their preferred campground is full. To view the latest up to date availability information for all Parks and Wildlife campgrounds go tohttps://parkstay.dpaw.wa.gov.au/camp-finder/available-sites-at-other-campgroundsand to make bookings for selected campgrounds up to 180…

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Rock fishing at Salmon Holes. Photo - Parks and Wildlife

Visitors to South Coast national parks urged to take care

Visitors to South Coast national parks are being urged to put their safety first when spending time near the ocean during Easter and the school holidays. The Department of Parks and Wildlife, in collaboration with other government agencies and stakeholders, will expand last year’s patrols over the Easter weekend to include sites within Torndirrup and West Cape Howe national parks. Parks and Wildlife Albany district manager Peter Hartley said staff across several agencies would have a highly visible presence at popular fishing locations within the parks to increase awareness of rock fishing safety, reduce environmental damage, increase understanding of waste disposal including fish offal and to lessen traffic congestion. Mr Hartley said while the southern coastline was often at its best during March-April, the Southern…

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Online bookings for all campgrounds at Cape Range National Park

Online bookings for all campgrounds at Cape Range National Park

Securing a camp site at popular Cape Range National Park has never been easier, with the introduction of online bookings for all of the park’s major campgrounds from 23 March 2016. Department of Parks and Wildlife Exmouth district manager Arvid Hogstrom said camp site bookings would be essential between March and November each year. “In the past we operated on a first come, first served basis, but camping in this beautiful part of the Ningaloo World Heritage Area has become so popular that we have extended the booking system to all of Cape Range’s major campgrounds,” Mr Hogstrom said. “This means that from 23 March, campers will need to reserve their spot in advance, via the department’s online booking system Parkstay WA. “This arrangement will…

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Public urged to be croc aware

Public urged to be croc aware

The Department of Parks and Wildlife is reminding people to be on alert at May River Crossing east of Derby following a report that a dog was attacked by a saltwater crocodile at the popular site yesterday. The dog was in the water when it was grabbed by the 3.5-4m crocodile, but was able to escape with only minor wounds. Parks and Wildlife senior operations officer David Woods said the lucky escape was a timely reminder for residents not to get complacent about crocodiles. “The crossing at Meda Station is frequented by Derby residents and despite people knowing that saltwater crocodiles are in the area over the last 12 months there is still a level of complacency and people continue to swim in the area,”…

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