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Crocodile warning sign

Seasonal crocodile alert

The Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) today advised Broome residents and visitors to remain on alert due to further estuarine (saltwater) crocodile sightings this week. There were two separate sightings of crocodiles, measuring approximately 3.5m and 2.5m, at Dampier Creek last weekend and another crocodile was sighted at Cable Beach on Monday 9 September. Cable Beach was closed by the Shire of Broome and reopened yesterday. DPaW wildlife officer Peter Carstairs said since the beginning of September, crocodile sightings had occurred in a number of popular locations including Cable Beach, Reddell Beach, Entrance Point and Dampier Creek. “Temporary warning signs have been installed at these locations and the department and Shire of Broome rangers are monitoring the situation,” he said. “People are strongly advised…

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Western ground parrot

Community donation to help western ground parrot recovery

Efforts to save the critically endangered western ground parrot have been boosted by the donation of $10,000 to the Department of Parks and Wildlife’s (DPaW) south coast region. The Friends of the Western Ground Parrot donated the funds so DPaW’s South Coast Threatened Birds Recovery Team (SCTBRT) can continue its work maintaining parrots currently in captivity. SCTBRT chair Sarah Comer said in the future captive breeding could play a vital role in the recovery of the western ground parrot. “We currently have seven captive western ground parrots, which has allowed us to develop husbandry techniques for a potential captive breeding program that can be used to re-establish wild populations,” Mrs Comer said. “The generous donation from the Friends of Western Ground Parrot community group will…

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SW4WDC members and DPaW staff relocating the grass tree

Grass tree survives thanks to volunteers

A 200-year-old grass tree in Wellington National Park may have been saved thanks to local volunteers from the South West Four Wheel Drive Club (SW4WDC) and local Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) staff. The up-rooted grass tree was found by DPaW rangers on a steep embankment several metres off Lennard Track. It had been pushed over onto its side and from appearances, a vehicle had driven off the track and onto the fragile embankment, crushing bushes and shrubs, scraping bark off trees and uprooting the grass tree. Ranger Jamie Gault said the grass tree measured nearly three metres tall, with five separate “heads” and had an estimated age of 200 years. “Grass trees are very slow growing plants and a magnificent example such as…

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Croc sighted near Broome Port

Croc sighted near Broome Port

The Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) is reminding Broome residents and visitors to be aware of crocodiles following sightings of an estuarine crocodile in the Broome Port, Entrance Point and Reddell Beach areas. DPaW Officer Darren Stevens said the large crocodile was spotted by members of the public on at least three occasions today and it was last seen in the Reddell Beach area close to shore. The accurate size is unknown as the animal has not yet been sighted by DPaW or Broome Shire rangers but reports suggest the crocodile is large enough to be dangerous. “People need to be cautious and avoid the beach and waters in areas between the Broome Port and Gantheaume Point,” Mr Stevens said. “Shire Rangers have installed…

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Kalbarri National Park coastal cliffs restoration wins WA Coastal Award

Kalbarri National Park coastal cliffs restoration wins WA Coastal Award

  A decade-long project to restore and enhance the picturesque coastal cliffs at Kalbarri National Park has won a coveted Western Australian Coastal Award for Excellence 2013. The Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) received the Coastal Development/Design Award for the Kalbarri National Park Coastal Cliffs Restoration Project last month at the WA State Coastal Conference in Esperance. Major improvements to visitor facilities at Kalbarri National Park’s coastal cliffs included: the construction of 600m of recycled plastic boardwalk and more than 1500m of asphalt paths; the design and installation of visitor signs; and the construction of picnic facilities at Natural Bridge. DPaW senior ranger and project manager Mike Paxman said the team that worked on the restoration project was delighted to receive the award. “This…

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