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.)

Adult numbat

Numbat release helps boost species

Eight captive-bred numbats have been fitted with radio collars and taught to evade predators ahead of their release into the wild next week as part of a State Government program to boost natural populations of the species. Speaking at Perth Zoo today where the numbats were fitted with their collars, Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the marsupials would be released next week at Batalling State Forest near Collie. “These numbats have been well prepared for their new life in the wild as part of a joint project between the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) and Perth Zoo,” Mr Jacob said. “The numbats were bred at Perth Zoo and have received aerial predator awareness training to boost their survival chances and fitted with radio collars…

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Nesting flatback turtle

Flatback turtles nesting at Eighty Mile Beach

Hundreds of flatback turtles are gathering at Eighty Mile Beach Marine Park in the Kimberley for their annual nesting activities. Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) officers and Nyangumarta Traditional Owners have been monitoring the area for the last six weeks, recording over 200 nests and 350 ‘false crawls’ in the sample area. False crawls occur when females attempt to nest but return to the water without laying eggs due to disturbance or unsuitable nesting habitat. DPaW community education officer Sara McAllister said Eighty Mile Beach was a significant flatback turtle nesting site. “Flatback turtles only nest in northern Australia and they are endemic to this part of the world. “With the Nyangumarta Traditional Owners, we are currently monitoring turtle tracks on a 6km stretch…

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Appeal decision on Forest Management Plan

Appeal decision on Forest Management Plan

Minister determines Forest Management Plan appeals 56 appeals received from both conservation groups and industry Target completion dates to be added for some management activities Environment Minister Albert Jacob today determined appeals relating to the Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA) report and recommendations on the proposed Forest Management Plan 2014-2023, one of the final steps before the plan’s implementation in January.   “After considering all the information presented to me, I believe the EPA adequately considered the key environmental factors identified in its assessment of the proposal, and that this assessment was consistent with requirements of the EPA,” Mr Jacob said.   Fifty-six appeals were received in response to the EPA’s report on the plan, covering a wide range of issues from both conservation and industry…

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People reminded not to use Penguin Island sandbar

People reminded not to use Penguin Island sandbar

  The Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) today reminded people that it was not safe to cross the sandbar between Penguin Island and Mersey Point at any time during the coming summer months. DPaW Swan Regional Manager Stefan de Haan said it was important that people visiting Penguin Island were aware of the dangers of crossing the sandbar and did not put themselves in risky situations unnecessarily. “The department regularly closes the sandbar when forecast local weather, tide, surge and sea conditions pose a risk to people but there are a number of people who ignore these closures,” he said. “Many people with local knowledge are often seen using the sandbar when closed but it can be risky and provide a false sense of…

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Yanchep National Park wins gold

Yanchep National Park wins gold

The chance to explore caves, native bushland and fauna, walk trails and indigenous experience tours have helped Yanchep National Park, managed by the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW), take out gold in the Tourism Attraction category at the Western Australian Tourism Awards. The awards recognise outstanding customer service, innovation and ongoing business excellence in the Western Australian tourism industry. DPaW’s Yanchep National Park Manager, Alison Pritchard, said it had been an honour to accept the award on behalf of staff and volunteers. “We have an incredible team of passionate and committed people here at Yanchep and this gold medal acknowledges our achievements,” Ms Pritchard said. “Of course, this award would not be possible without the support of businesses that operate within the park, along…

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