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.)

Remote island beaches cleaned up

Remote island beaches cleaned up

More than 500 items of rubbish have been removed from remote Pilbara island beaches as part of a clean-up by Parks and Wildlife staff and volunteers. Parks and Wildlife Pilbara project officer Felicity Kelly said about 70kg of marine debris and camping rubbish had been collected from Bessieres Island, Locker Island and Serrurier Island nature reserves.   “Aluminium cans, plastic bottles, plastic bags, ropes, fishing equipment, clothing, an esky, tubs, fragments of plastic and homemade toilets were among the items removed from the islands,” she said. “Almost 70 per cent of the litter was plastic items, which are harmful to wildlife as they can be mistaken for prey and ingested, potentially leading to starvation and suffocation. “Entanglement in ropes, fishing line and bags also pose…

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Captive bred numbats go wild

Captive bred numbats go wild

 The Wheatbelt’s numbat population received a boost following the release of 15 captive bred animals into Dryandra Woodland as part of a joint project between the Department of Parks and Wildlife and the Perth Zoo. Ten young numbats born at the zoo earlier this year were released today and will join the estimated population of 1000 living in the wild in Western Australia. Five adults, including three wild-born numbats, were released two weeks earlier. It is the second translocation of numbats into the Dryandra Woodland following the release of 17 zoo-bred animals in 2014 as part of a State Government initiative to safeguard the endangered animal. Parks and Wildlife principal research scientist Dr Tony Friend said translocating numbats was part of the recovery plan to…

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Another successful year for Rosemary Island hawksbill turtle tagging

Another successful year for Rosemary Island hawksbill turtle tagging

A hawksbill turtle tagging program at Rosemary Island in the Pilbara is providing important information about the life cycle of the marine turtle species. Department of Parks and Wildlife Pilbara region marine conservation officer Joanne King said the tagging program, which began in 1986, was among the longest running programs of its kind in Western Australia. “Rosemary Island and the Dampier Archipelago support an internationally-significant breeding population of hawksbill turtles and over a two-week period in October each year, Parks and Wildlife staff and local volunteers record their nesting activities on five different beaches,” Ms King said. “They camp around ‘Hawksbill Hut research station’ and work through the night tagging and recording details about the turtles. “This year we recorded 444 turtles over 14 nights,…

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Western ground parrots captured for breeding project

Western ground parrots captured for breeding project

The Department of Parks and Wildlife has captured two critically endangered western ground parrots in the wild to bolster a captive breeding trial. Parks and Wildlife regional ecologist Sarah Comer led a team of department staff and volunteers on a survey and capture project in Cape Arid National Park over the last two weeks. Ms Comer said while a large fire at Cape Arid last month had impacted on the birds’ habitat, the survey team found enough birds to proceed with the project. “Under the circumstances we were very pleased with the number of western ground parrot calls we detected and of course, with the trapping of two birds, a male and female, this week.” The western ground parrots have been sent to Perth Zoo,…

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New direction for Albany parks

New direction for Albany parks

Department of Parks and Wildlife Director of Parks and Visitor Services Peter Sharp recently met with local community, business and tourism representatives to outline plans for the introduction of visitor entry fees to assist with the future management of Torndirrup and West Cape Howe national parks and Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve. “The State Government has recently invested more than $7.5 million through Royalties for Regions to upgrade facilities at parks in the Albany region, which now attract more than half a million visitors annually,” Mr Sharp said. Mr Sharp said the department was keen to ensure that the exceptional visitor experiences provided at the parks would be maintained to a high standard into the future. “Entry fees will come into effect as of 4…

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