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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.)

Realigned part of track

Improved access and conservation at Kilcarnup

Improvements have been carried out to the track approach to Joeys Nose beach within the Kilcarnup area in Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park. Ben Tannock, from the Department of Parks and Wildlife, said the works were part of an area master plan for Kilcarnup. “We recently completed the realignment of the vehicle track into Joeys Nose beach and closed and rehabilitated a deeply-eroded section of track,” Mr Tannock said. Mr Tannock said the area master plan was developed by Parks and Wildlife in conjunction with the Kilcarnup Joeys Nose Gnoocardup Recreation Group and the Shire of Augusta Margaret River. “There was an extensive consultation process with the community, including site visits and a public comment period where the views and aspirations of the community were taken into…

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Samphire Cove volunteers repainting a structure at the nature reserve

Volunteers clean up Samphire Cove Nature Reserve

A group of enthusiastic local volunteers is helping transform Mandurah’s Samphire Cove Nature Reserve. The Friends of Samphire Cove Group formed in 2013 in response to complaints of anti-social behaviour at the nature reserve, which is managed by the Department of Parks and Wildlife. Conservation officer Nicole Godfrey said the group meet at the reserve at 9am on the last Sunday of the month to clean up rubbish, repair damage to fences, paint out graffiti, spray weeds, plant seedlings and oil bird hides, before enjoying morning tea. “Thanks to the dedicated work of group members, we’re now seeing families walking in Samphire Cove Nature Reserve and bird watchers spotting native species,” Ms Godfrey said. “Groups such as the Mandurah Herbarium volunteers have held educational walks…

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Free entry to national parks for Nature Play WA kids

Free entry to national parks for Nature Play WA kids

With the school holidays upon us, families are being reminded about free entry to 30 national parks for all Western Australian children who hold a Nature Play WA passport. To celebrate the State Government’s Parks for People initiative, the Department of Parks and Wildlife has teamed up with Nature Play WA to waive fees for young passport holders and their families from tomorrow (Saturday 5 July) to Sunday 20 July. Peter Sharp, Director of Parks and Visitor Services, said there was a diverse range of fun experiences on offer in the State’s 100 national parks. “This free entry initiative gives families a wonderful opportunity to plan a visit to one of our spectacular parks where children can get outdoors and enjoy nature,” he said. “From…

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Renewed optimism for critically endangered plants

Renewed optimism for critically endangered plants

The discovery of new seedlings from three critically endangered plants has given scientists renewed hope in saving important native plant populations. New populations of cactus banksia (Banksia anatona), Foote’s grevillea (Grevillea calliantha) and the round-leaf honeysuckle (Lambertia orbifolia subsp. Orbifolia) were established by staff from the Department of Parks and Wildlife at various sites throughout the state’s south-west between 1998 and 2009. The species are threatened by severe habitat fragmentation, phytophthora disease, weeds and grazing. Research scientist Leonie Monks said finding new seedlings in the populations shows they are reproducing and establishing naturally. We are finally starting to see successful reproduction from the plantings that took place several years ago which is very exciting,” she said. “Seeds were collected from existing populations of the plants…

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Peak season approaching for Karijini camp sites

Peak season approaching for Karijini camp sites

Travellers to Karijini National Park are being encouraged to arrive at camp sites early in the day to ensure they secure a spot during the school holidays. Department of Parks and Wildlife senior ranger Ivan Thrash said campgrounds often filled to capacity quickly during July and August. “There are two main camping sites available in Karijini and they are located at Dales Gorge and Karijini Eco Retreat,” he said. “Arriving early in the day allows people enough time to check if there are any spaces available during the busy period and to consider alternative accommodation options outside of the national park if the campgrounds are full. “Other possible accommodation options include Tom Price, which is 90km west of Karijini and is the nearest town, or…

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