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.)

Oblong turtle hatchlings

Turtle hatchlings search for wetlands home

The Department of Parks and Wildlife is calling on members of the public who come across turtle hatchlings in their backyards or along pathways not to pick them up. Parks and Wildlife wildlife officer Matt Swan said the oblong turtle was a common native species in the metropolitan area and hatchlings were starting to move from sandy nests to wetlands as spring gets underway. “Through the department’s Wildcare Helpline and social media, we have been contacted by a number of concerned people who have spotted oblong hatchlings and feared they may be in danger,” he said. “However we want to let the public know it is perfectly normal for hatchlings to be searching for nearby wetlands at this time of year as they emerge from…

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Tuart Forest National Park Management Plan 2014

Tuart Forest National Park Management Plan 2014

The Tuart Forest National Park Management Plan 2014 has been released by the Minister for Environment and, together with a summary of public submissions, is now available from: www.dpaw.wa.gov.au/parks/management-plans/approved-management-plans Printed copies of the management plan are also available from Department of Parks and Wildlife offices at Kensington, Bunbury and Busselton. View the Media statement.

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Gudathada Walker shows Richard Olive the traditional way to make tools.

Father’s Day bush skills in the hills

Celebrate Father’s Day the cultural way with a hands-on Aboriginal bush skills activity and afternoon tea in the Perth Hills. Organised by the Department of Parks and Wildlife’s Nearer to Nature program, the Father’s Day event on Sunday 7 September is aimed at the whole family. Nearer to Nature program coordinator Jill Francis said it was an ideal opportunity to appreciate local Aboriginal culture and bush skills. “What a great way for Dads to learn how to make tools using materials and methods employed by Noongar men and dads for centuries,” Ms Francis said. “It is also a chance to spend some quality time with the family in the bushland setting of the Perth Hills Discovery Centre in Mundaring. “After the activities there will be…

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Important Busselton nature reserve damaged

Important Busselton nature reserve damaged

The Department of Parks and Wildlife is concerned about damage occurring in the environmentally-significant wetlands of Busselton’s Broadwater Nature Reserve. Operations officer Clare Forward said in recent surveys 46 species of water bird were recorded in the reserve, with more than 7780 individual water birds recorded on one survey. “We are incredibly lucky to have such environmental values on our doorstep and we would like the community to assist the department’s efforts to conserve the wetlands for future generations,” Ms Forward said.  “The reserve’s fringing vegetation, including peppermint trees, form corridors and habitat for the endangered western ringtail possum. “Not only are the wetlands great places for bushwalking and bird watching, the vegetation also helps filter out pollutants and provides important refuges for nesting birds…

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Keep an eye out for sea turtles washed up on beaches

Keep an eye out for sea turtles washed up on beaches

  It’s the time of year when juvenile sea turtles can lose their battle with the currents and become stranded on metropolitan and south-west beaches. Beachgoers are asked to keep an eye out for stranded sea turtles, particularly following a storm front. Parks and Wildlife regional wildlife officer Cam Craigie said anyone finding a turtle washed up on a beach should immediately call the Wildcare Helpline on 9474 9055. “These turtles are often very small loggerhead hatchlings, about 10cm in length, which have hatched in WA’s north and been brought south on the strong Leeuwin current,” Mr Craigie said. “Even though sea turtles breathe oxygen and hatch on land, a turtle on a beach south of Denham is usually a sign that it is in…

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