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Parks and Wildlife Aboriginal Trainee of the Year Keith Boombi with supervisor Alexander Scott

Local trainee wins Parks and Wildlife award

Diligence, dedication and perseverance are just some of the qualities shown by award-winning Kununurra-based Department of Parks and Wildlife trainee Keith Boombi. Mr Boombi was recently named the 2014 Aboriginal Trainee of the Year at the department’s annual graduation and awards celebration. Parks and Wildlife workplace assessor Steven Leeder said Mr Boombi deserved to be recognised. “Keith has shown personal resilience, willingness to take on increased levels of responsibility and perseverance and dedication to his studies throughout his traineeship,” Mr Leeder said. “Since his first involvement with the department’s student Bush Rangers program and assisting with biodiversity surveys in 2011, Keith has been motivated to complete his schooling and become a ranger. “Through the Parks and Wildlife Mentored Aboriginal Training and Employment Scheme, Keith is…

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Frog forage

Hop into winter school holiday activities

Get on your gumboots and forage for frogs as part of the Nearer to Nature school holiday activities this July. Run by the Department of Parks and Wildlife and featuring fun, hands-on learning in the natural environment, there are a wide range of sessions suitable for the whole family. The evening Frog Forage activity will be held from 6-8pm at John Forrest National Park on Saturday 5 July, Canning River Eco Education Centre on 12 July and at Star Swamp Bushland Reserve on 19 July. Nearer to Nature program coordinator Jill Francis said children six years and over along with their families could join in the froggy fun. “Our friendly guides will teach you some common frog calls and help find some of these amazing…

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Illegal parking at Matilda Bay Nature Reserve

Illegal parking clampdown at Matilda Bay Reserve

The Department of Parks and Wildlife recently conducted a successful operation targeting illegally parked vehicles at the Matilda Bay Reserve car park in Crawley. Swan Regional Manager Stefan de Haan said a total of 69 infringements were issued to drivers of vehicles parked illegally at the site on Thursday 29 May, with the majority issued to students from the University of Western Australia. “As well as being illegal, the irresponsible actions of these drivers are putting other users of the Matilda Bay Reserve at risk,” Mr de Haan said. “We are very disappointed with the disregard shown to other reserve users by these drivers who are parking their vehicles in a dangerous and inconsiderate manner. “Some of these vehicles have blocked access to parts of…

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Secrets of the eucalypt genetic code unlocked

Secrets of the eucalypt genetic code unlocked

Scientists have sequenced the genetic code of the eucalypt for the first time, providing fresh insights into the Australian icon that is the foundation of many environments and has become the world’s favourite hardwood. Australian researchers from the Western Australian Department of Parks and Wildlife, University of Tasmania, University of Melbourne, Australian National University, Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries and University of the Sunshine Coast collaborated with 30 institutions in nine countries to sequence and analyse the genome of the Flooded Gum (Eucalyptus grandis). There are over 700 species of Eucalyptus growing across a wide range of environments, from the wet tropics, to alpine shrublands, to the arid interior. Dr Margaret Byrne from Parks and Wildlife was a co-author on the paper published…

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Great whale migration begins

Great whale migration begins

The annual humpback whale migration along the Western Australian coast is underway following an early and busy start to the season. The Department of Parks and Wildlife recorded five whale carcasses between Albany and Coral Bay early in the season with the most recent one coming ashore in a remote area of the south-west near Bunbury this week. In an unusual event last month, the head of a sperm whale washed ashore at Perth’s Sorrento Beach. Senior marine wildlife officer Doug Coughran said whale sightings off Perth would increase over the next few months as 30,000 humpback whales travelled from Antarctic waters to calving grounds in the Kimberley. “Humpback and southern right whales are mostly commonly seen migrating along the coast. While humpbacks typically come…

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