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.)

Make a difference and clean your favourite riverside spot

Make a difference and clean your favourite riverside spot

Perth’s river users have a chance to make a difference in the Swan Canning Riverpark and make a serious dent on the tonnes of rubbish and discarded fishing waste finding its way into the iconic waterway. The Department of Parks and Wildlife is encouraging Perth’s residents to head down to their favourite riverside location on 18-24 January and take part in a ‘before and after’ clean up. It calls on the community to take a photograph pre and post clean up at a spot they value to highlight the difference a little effort can make. Community Engagement Program manager Jason Menzies said the simple act of picking up rubbish and discarded fishing waste had a positive impact on river health and the welfare of Riverpark…

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Numbat recovery plan open for public comment

Numbat recovery plan open for public comment

As part of the process for national endorsement of the Western Australian Numbat Recovery Plan, in accordance with the provisions of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, the Australian Government Department of the Environment is inviting public comment. The public comment period closes on 5 February 2016. If you wish to comment on this plan, please refer to the instructions provided on the Department of the Environment website: https://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/threatened/recovery-plans/comment/draft-recovery-plan-myrmecobius-fasciatus-numbat   About this document The draft recovery plan for the listed threatened numbat (Myrmecobius fasciatus), was prepared by the Western Australian Department of Parks and Wildlife, and is proposed to be adopted as the national recovery plan for this species under the EPBC Act. There are estimated to be less than 1000 mature numbat…

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Stay safe at Penguin Island, do not use the sandbar

Stay safe at Penguin Island, do not use the sandbar

Visitors to Penguin Island are being encouraged to stay safe during the summer season by not crossing the sandbar between Penguin Island and Mersey Point at any time.   The Department of Parks and Wildlife today reminded people that crossing the sandbar was potentially dangerous and to not put themselves in risky situations unnecessarily.   Parks and Wildlife officer Dave Charles said the department regularly closed the sandbar when forecasted local weather, tide, surge and sea conditions posed a risk to people but the closures were often ignored by a number of people.   “Many people with local knowledge often use the sandbar even when closed, but this is risky and can provide a false sense of security for people not familiar with the area.”…

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New app to help plan WA trail adventures

New app to help plan WA trail adventures

People can now plan their trail adventures in Western Australia at the touch of a button following the release of the Trails WA mobile app. Parks and Wildlife Assistant Director of Visitor Services Rod Annear said the app was the latest in a range of online and mobile resources being rolled out by the State Government to assist people in planning their camping and recreation experiences in national parks and reserves. “The Trails WA app will help people find out more about walking, cycling, mountain biking, four-wheel-driving, horse riding, snorkelling and paddling trails across the State,” he said. “We are seeing more demand from tourists and locals to explore our wonderful natural areas, and it is important that we equip people with useful information in…

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Look but don’t get close

Look but don’t get close

Wildlife sightseers heading down to see a large southern elephant seal resting at Redgate Beach near Margaret River are being urged to maintain a safe distance to protect the animal’s welfare.   Department of Parks and Wildlife officer Clare Forward said to make sure the seal remained comfortable and safe it was important that visitors stay at least 30m away and ensure children are supervised.   “The animal might look cute and harmless but it is a wild animal and as such, it may be dangerous if approached or provoked,” Ms Forward said.   “To maintain the safety of both visitors and the seal, dogs must be kept away and people are advised not to get between the seal and the water.”   Ms Forward…

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