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.)

One of the sea turtles released at Coral Bay

Loggerhead turtles back in the swim at Coral Bay

Two lucky sea turtles are back in their home waters of the Indian Ocean after being released into the wild following a successful rehabilitation program. The juvenile loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) were found in poor condition on Rockingham beaches in August last year. The rescued sea turtles, named Jack and Sam by rehabilitators at the Naragebup Rockingham Regional Environment Centre, were returned to health in collaboration with the Department of Parks and Wildlife and veterinarians from Perth Zoo. Regional wildlife officer Cameron Craigie said members of Rockingham’s Palm Beach Rotary Club kindly offered to return Jack and Sam to the waters of the north-west during a trip to Coral Bay. “Loggerheads are hatched in this region and are known to find their way onto Perth…

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Example of a designated firewood collection area.

Collecting firewood in the Perth Hills area

Winter is almost here and the Department of Parks and Wildlife is reminding Perth residents that a permit is required to collect firewood from designated firewood collection areas in State forest. Parks and Wildlife operations officer Phil Spencer said up to one tonne of firewood for domestic use could be collected every 60 days between 1 June and 30 September. “This year there are two locations within the Parks and Wildlife Swan Region where people can collect firewood – the Chandler area off Albany Highway, 20km south-east of Armadale, and the Kennedy area, 21km east of Dwellingup,” Mr Spencer said. “These designated firewood collection areas are in recently harvested areas of State forest. “It is important people only collect their firewood from these areas and…

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Collecting firewood in the south-west

Collecting firewood in the south-west

With winter weather on the way, the Department of Parks and Wildlife has opened up a series of designated firewood collection areas for residents of the south-west. Parks and Wildlife Blackwood District operations officer Zsi Cockman said people from Capel, Busselton, Donnybrook, Boyup Brook, Nannup, Augusta and Margaret River with wood heaters were urged to collect firewood safely. “There’s nothing like the warmth of a wood fire, but people need to be careful when gathering firewood from designated areas in State forest and timber reserves managed by the department,” Ms Cockman said. “Only fallen timber should be taken, because standing trees can provide important habitat for native species such as black cockatoos and brushtail possums. “Any logs marked with a white ‘H’ should be avoided…

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Parks and Wildlife rescue wallaby from Broome car park

Parks and Wildlife rescue wallaby from Broome car park

A wallaby joey posted for sale on Facebook has been rescued from a Broome car park by officers from the Department of Parks and Wildlife and WA Police. The animal was seized after a wildlife officer posed as a potential buyer during a plain clothes operation on Thursday 24 April. Wildlife officer Peter Carstairs said a 26-year-old man from the Northern Territory would be charged with offences including possession, importation and selling of protected wildlife. “It is illegal to sell or possess any part of a native animal in Western Australia unless you have a wildlife licence,” Mr Carstairs said. “In this instance, a man imported a wallaby joey from the Northern Territory into WA and attempted to sell it on Facebook. “It was advertised…

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Significant flooding event closes Cape Range National Park

Significant flooding event closes Cape Range National Park

The Department of Parks and Wildlife advises that due to significant rainfall and flooding at Cape Range National Park in the Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area, the park will remain closed until further notice. Exmouth district manager Arvid Hogstrom said the weekend’s flooding, which was associated with ex-tropical cyclone Jack, had caused extensive damage to roads, campgrounds, recreational sites, park infrastructure and the Milyering Discovery Centre. “This was a very rare and unexpected event. At least 250mm of rain was recorded within a 24 hour period,” he said. “During the heavy rainfall, camp sites at the northern end of the park suffered significant damage and campers were forced to relocate and move to higher ground. “Staff will today assess the extent of the damage and…

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