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.)

Lovely ladybeetles activity

Enjoy nature this January school holidays in Perth’s hills

Want to Ramble With a Ranger these summer school holidays, or discover backyard baddies? Want to go on a search for Lovely Ladybeetles or learn about what makes ants so BrilliANT? These and many other activities are on offer for children in the January school holidays at the Perth Hills Discovery Centre in Mundaring as part of the Department of Parks and Wildlife’s popular Nearer to Nature program. Children ages four to seven can experience a hands-on encounter with cuddly marsupials in Creature Feature, or take to the bush with catch net and wings in Damsels and Dragons. For older children ages eight to 12, a Big Kids Campout is a cool overnight camp in the bush complete with an exclusive animal trapping activity.  …

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Parks and Wildlife and SLSWA training at Penguin Island sandbar today

Public safety for Penguin Island sandbar

The Department of Parks and Wildlife has joined forces with Surf Life Saving Western Australia (SLSWA) to reinforce public safety around the Penguin Island sandbar. Parks and Wildlife swan regional manager Stefan de Haan said the department and SLSWA were advising people visiting Penguin Island to use the ferry service between Penguin Island and Mersey Point. “We are conducting joint training today and SLSWA will be manning the sandbar to 2 February 2015, then on all the long weekends and school holidays until April 2015,” he said. “It is important that people visiting Penguin Island are aware of the dangers of crossing the sandbar and do not put themselves in risky situations unnecessarily.” Mr de Haan said the department was also trialling a ridged inflatable…

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Northern blue tongue lizard found on Adolphus Island

Quolls survive cane toad invasion of Adolphus Island

Endangered northern quolls are surviving on a Kimberley river island that has been colonised by cane toads. The Department of Parks and Wildlife, working with the Balanggarra traditional owners, found evidence of quolls on Adolphus Island, which is located in the Ord River less than 2km from the riverbank, during four visits this year. Cane toad program coordinator Corrin Everitt said it was exciting the carnivorous marsupials were persisting on the island. “Despite the presence of cane toads, species susceptible to their poison such as northern quolls are surviving in low numbers, which is very good news,” Ms Everitt said. It is thought toads reached Adolphus, near the mouth of the Ord River, by ‘rafting’ there during flood events about two years ago. “It is…

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Repairs begin on Hamelin Bay jetty ruins

Repairs begin on Hamelin Bay jetty ruins

Timbers from the original Busselton jetty are helping repair the historic Hamelin Bay jetty ruins in Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park. Department of Parks and Wildlife officer Ben Tannock said aged timbers provided by the City of Busselton had been used to replace five severely deteriorated cross beams from the Hamelin Bay structure. “Given the historical significance of both jetties to this area, it is fitting that beams from the original Busselton jetty are being recycled at Hamelin Bay,” Mr Tannock said. “The department appreciates of the City of Busselton’s contribution to this repair project.” Mr Tannock said a timber specialist contracted by the department replaced the cross beams in the last week of November. Further strengthening works using stainless steel rods and jacketing of two piles…

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New dolphin at Monkey Mia – mother and baby doing well

New dolphin at Monkey Mia – mother and baby doing well

  One of the popular dolphins at the world-famous Monkey Mia has given birth, the first new arrival of the season. Department of Parks and Wildlife officers are keeping a close eye on the calf and its mother Surprise to ensure they thrive. Monkey Mia Dolphin Experience manager Cath Roberts said the calf, born yesterday 10 December, was the seventh for Surprise since the inception of the world-renowned dolphin program. Ms Roberts said it was extremely important that mother and calf be carefully protected in the first few weeks of the calf's life. “The Monkey Mia dolphins are of great research significance worldwide and even though this is Surprise’s seventh calf, great care needs to be taken to ensure the newborn is given the greatest…

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