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The crocodile from Lake Kununurra

Estuarine crocodile removed from Lake Kununurra

An estuarine (saltwater) crocodile in Lake Kununurra has been humanely destroyed following a four-month operation to try and trap and remove the animal. Department of Parks and Wildlife officer Mat Byers said the 3.03m male crocodile was located approximately 1km downstream of Crossing Falls boat ramp on Tuesday 4 November. “Destroying the crocodile was a last resort option,” Mr Byers said. “We had been trying to trap it for four months since it was first sighted in Lake Kununurra, which is a popular recreation area for water skiers, boaters and swimmers. “For public safety reasons, once we had a confirmed sighting, we made the decision to dispatch the crocodile with a firearm.” The department is unaware of any other estuarine crocodiles in the Lake Kununurra…

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Department wins Premier's Award for Kimberley Landscape Conservation Initiative

Department wins Premier's Award for Kimberley Landscape Conservation Initiative

  Premier Colin Barnett last night announced that the Department of Parks and Wildlife had won the Environment category of the 2014 Premier’s Awards for ‘Protecting the nature of the Kimberley’.   The Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Public Sector Management were established in 1996 to recognise and reward outstanding performance and achievements in public service to the community. The winning project is the Landscape Conservation Initiative, which began in 2011 under the Government’s Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy–a bold plan to conserve the region’s natural and cultural values. The Landscape Conservation Initiative is WA’s largest ever conservation project, unprecedented in its scope and scale, with the Department working with many others to achieve conservation outcomes across the landscape, not just in parks. Partners Australian Wildlife…

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Old Baden Powell campground closed for redevelopment

Old Baden Powell campground closed for redevelopment

The Department of Parks and Wildlife has closed the old Baden Powell campground in Lane Poole Reserve in Dwellingup to begin an upgrade of facilities. The campground will be redeveloped into a day-use area and overflow campground under the State Government’s Parks for People initiative. Parks and Wildlife Officer Laurence Radin said the old Baden Powell campground was established 30 years ago and had become degraded with the ageing of pine trees. “The site also no longer caters for the increased number of campers with Lane Poole Reserve attracting 204,404visits during 2013-14,” he said. Mr Radin said campers should seek alternative locations within Lane Poole Reserve including Nanga Mill and the Nanga townsite campgrounds. These sites do not require pre-booking. Nanga Mill is the most…

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The Gap and Natural Bridge works about to start

The Gap and Natural Bridge works about to start

  Works to redevelop and improve visitor facilities at the iconic Gap and Natural Bridge in Torndirrup National Park are about to get underway. Department of Parks and Wildlife district manager Peter Hartley said initial site works were scheduled to begin on Monday 10 November. “This is an exciting $5.15 million project, funded through the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program ($3.9 million) and the department’s capital works program ($1.25 million), to redevelop a popular Albany tourist destination currently attracting about 210,000 visits per year,” Mr Hartley said. “The improvements include new lookouts, pathways and interpretive signage designed to enhance visitors’ experience and safety. “The lookouts will provide a closer, more dramatic view of the beautiful coastal environment while incorporating key safety design features.” Mr…

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Enjoy parks in Esperance area responsibly

Enjoy parks in Esperance area responsibly

The Department of Parks and Wildlife is encouraging visitors to enjoy Esperance’s scenic national parks and nature reserves responsibly. Parks and Wildlife district manager Rob Blok said it was important park users were mindful of others and aware of park regulations prior to visiting. “The department urges all visitors to check and follow signage at our parks and reserves, because this provides important information relating to personal safety and responsible usage,” Mr Blok said. “If in doubt about what you can do or where to go, please check with one of our rangers or call the local Parks and Wildlife office for more information. “We encourage everyone to enjoy the magnificent scenery and recreational opportunities in south coast parks in a responsible way, for everyone’s…

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