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.)

Disability Access and Inclusion Plan public consultation

Disability Access and Inclusion Plan public consultation

Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP) The Department of Parks and Wildlife is calling for feedback as part of the amendments to the Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP). The DAIP will now include Outcome 7 "People with disability have the same opportunities as other people to obtain and maintain employment with the department".

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Fox captured on remote camera in Dryandra Woodland

Corporate support for WA’s native wildlife

Private sector support is a significant factor in the delivery of WA’s Western Shield – an innovative native wildlife recovery program that is actively working to reduce the threat of foxes and cats throughout the State. The Department of Parks and Wildlife today announced that it had signed a five-year $100,000 partnership with nickel producer Western Areas Limited to assist wildlife recovery in the Wheatbelt region including Dryandra Woodland. “Western Areas support of Western Shield will assist Parks and Wildlife in the delivery of the next phase of introduced predator control, the control of feral cats,” Parks and Wildlife Director General Jim Sharp said. “It will help fund the department’s work in examining the effectiveness of Eradicat® feral cat bait and its integration with fox…

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Flatback turtle ready for release

Innovative research to discover more about flatback turtles

Baby flatback turtles carrying tiny satellite transmitters will be released into Kimberley waters on 26 May as part of an international project to discover more about their movements as juveniles. Department of Parks and Wildlife principal scientist Scott Whiting said information provided by the transmitters would help provide vital knowledge about the “lost years” after flatback hatchlings enter the sea. “Evidence suggests flatback turtles are unique among marine turtles and do not spend their early years in the open ocean, but remain on the continental shelf during their development,” Dr Whiting said. “This project will help fill in the knowledge gaps about their early movements, important habitats and may provide some insight into why they don’t venture into the open ocean. “We plan to release…

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WA parks a highlight of geotourism forum

WA parks a highlight of geotourism forum

Western Australia’s national parks and reserves will be strongly featured at an important tourism conference hosted by the Department of Parks and Wildlife this week. The 2015 Forum Advocating Cultural and Eco Tourism (FACET) conference “Geotourism – Tourism Down Under” – will be held at the department’s Kensington headquarters on Wednesday 20 May. Parks and Wildlife manager of visitor communications Steve Crawford said geotourism was rapidly growing worldwide. “Western Australia is well poised to take full advantage of this phenomenon as more visitors want to discover the stories that underpin our State’s unique geological features,” Mr Crawford said. “Places like Purnululu and Karijini national parks feature heavily in overseas tourism promotions, while new features like the Granite Skywalk in Porongurup National Park are starting to…

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Prescribed burns in Torndirrup National Park

Prescribed burns in Torndirrup National Park

The Department of Parks and Wildlife’s south coast region has today begun its autumn prescribed burn program in Torndirrup National Park adjacent to the Goode Beach settlement. Parks and Wildlife south coast regional manager Greg Mair said the program would help reduce fuel loads. “It will also provide some protection to the settlement from bushfires, as well as assist in preventing fires from entering the national park,” Mr Mair said. “A series of cells, totalling about 172 hectares, will be progressively burnt as weather conditions allow, between Whale World and the western end of the Goode Beach communities. “The first cell of these is approximately 12 hectares in size.” Mr Mair said nearby residents and local roads may be affected by smoke for short periods…

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