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.)

Railway tunnel in John Forrest National Park

Community feedback on John Forrest National Park

Have you visited John Forrest National Park recently? The Department of Parks and Wildlife would like to hear about your experience and your ideas for the future of the park. Perth Hills district parks and reserves manager Elisa Skillen said feedback from community members was important. “John Forrest National Park is Western Australia’s first national park and the department is looking at its future recreational needs,” Ms Skillen said. “People who live in the area and those who visit the park are encouraged to have their say by going online to complete a short survey. “It will take only a few minutes and the information will help us plan for the future.” Survey link : https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/John_Forrest_Community John Forrest National Park facts: ·         Founded in 1900, it…

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Fire mosaic in Purnululu National Park

Firefighters, prescribed burns help extinguish Purnululu fires

  Department of Parks and Wildlife staff have successfully extinguished two large bushfires which recently closed the World Heritage listed Purnululu National Park for several days. The fires were the result of lightning strikes during localised storms in the park. Bushfire incident controller Nathan Connor said up to 18 department firefighters were involved in the suppression effort, with a five-man crew flown in from Pemberton to assist east Kimberley-based staff. “Utilising staff from the south-west to gain experience in fire suppression across northern parts of the State was an excellent opportunity to increase the capacity of Parks and Wildlife crews and enabled the Kimberley team to have a much needed break from the fire line,” Mr Connor said. Prescribed burning operations in Purnululu completed earlier…

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Baudin's cockatoo

Twilight bird walk in the hills

  In the early evening, the hills bushland comes alive with beautiful bird calls. Join the Department of Parks and Wildlife’s Nearer to Nature on an ‘Evening Song’ bird walk in Beelu National Park on Sunday 23 November 2014 starting at 5.45pm. Nearer to Nature programs coordinator Jill Francis said the guided walk was aimed at individuals and families with children 10 years and older. “Bring your binoculars and our local bird expert will take you through a number of different habitats, point out bird nests and help you ‘tune in’ to various bird calls,” Ms Francis said. “This will be an interesting and scenic walk near Mundaring Weir and through the Helena Valley.” Meet at the Perth Hills Discovery Centre in Mundaring for a…

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Estuarine crocodile removed 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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