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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.)

Nicola Owen and Riley Peters with some of the soon-to-be-released western swamp tortoises

More western swamp tortoises released into wild

Western Australia’s efforts in saving the nation’s most endangered reptile have continued with the release of 20 juvenile western swamp tortoises at Twin Swamps Nature Reserve in Perth’s northern suburbs. Department of Parks and Wildlife senior research scientist Gerald Kuchling said Saturday’s release would strengthen numbers of the critically endangered tortoises living in the wild. “From the 1960s to the early 1980s there were only two known and monitored wild western swamp tortoise populations, at the Twin Swamps and Ellenbrook nature reserves, and by 1985 the population at Twin Swamps was nearly extinct,” Dr Kuchling said. “Translocations at this reserve have been taking place for 21 years and as a result the wild population has stabilised and increased in recent times, which is very encouraging.…

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Signs stolen at Torndirrup National Park

Signs stolen at Torndirrup National Park

The Department of Parks and Wildlife is appealing to the public for information following the theft of signs in Torndirrup National Park near Albany. Ten aluminium signs and mounting structures worth about $4000 were stolen, including large panels indicating directions to the Blowholes and Jimmy Newells Harbour, as well as interpretive and visitor safety signage. The thefts are believed to have occurred on the evening of 7 July. Parks and Wildlife acting Albany District manager Vince Hilder said the theft would not only incur a cost to the department but would also impact on visitor experiences at the park. “Torndirrup is an iconic national park which contains well-known sites such as the Gap, Blowholes, Jimmy Newells Harbour and Natural Bridge and is visited by many…

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Nicky

Monkey Mia dolphin loss

The Department of Parks and Wildlife believes one of the dolphins that regularly visits Monkey Mia has died. Shark Bay district manager Steve Nicholson said Parks and Wildlife staff consulted with resident researchers and arrived at the conclusion that Nicky is deceased. She would be turning 40 on 29 December 2015, which is the average life expectancy of a dolphin. “Nicky’s health had been deteriorating in recent months, possibly due to old age, and she has not been sighted for a week despite ongoing searches,” he said. “It is also particularly unusual for her to leave her calf, Missel, because at nearly three years of age, the calf may not be completely weaned but still has a reasonable chance of survival without its mother. “Nicky…

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Pilbara prescribed burns underway

Pilbara prescribed burns underway

Prescribed burning in the Pilbara has begun with a joint operation in Millstream Chichester National Park designed to protect infrastructure and a neighbouring private property. Department of Parks and Wildlife regional fire coordinator Owen Donovan said the prescribed burn on 16 June created 30km of buffers along rail lines, roads and power lines within the park. “Parks and Wildlife worked with Rio Tinto Iron Ore (Rail Division) staff and the Ngurrawaana rangers on this burn and it was very successful,” Mr Donovan said. “The prescribed burning created a low fuel area which linked into some previous fire scars. “There were good fire runs through the creek systems under mild weather conditions, which will reduce this summer’s fire risk for the rail corridor and park users.…

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Herdsman Lake community planting day

Herdsman Lake community planting day

A welcome to country and smoking ceremony conducted by a local Noongar elder kicked off a recent community planting day at Herdsman Lake Regional Park. Yelakitj Moot Noongar elder Robyn Collard and her granddaughter joined 20 volunteers for the ceremony, which highlighted the community’s connection to the land, before 1200 sedges and shrubs were planted. The planting day was part of a revegetation project coordinated by the Department of Parks and Wildlife. Operations officer Wayne Childs said it was great to see all age groups take part in the planting. “The community cares about the local environment and there was plenty of enthusiasm for the digging and planting of the tube stock,” Mr Childs said. “The larger revegetation project involves replanting of a dense shrub…

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