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Cape Le Grand

Family camping a big winner in State Budget

Families and tourists will benefit from improved facilities, better access to the State’s National Parks and better support for caravan and camping following a $40.7million commitment to tourism and the environment in this year’s State Budget. The Budget commitment fulfills an election promise to make low-cost holidays more accessible to West Australians, both in WA’s national parks and in better facilities for caravanners and campers. Over the next four years $34.4million in Royalties for Regions funding will go to the Caravan and Camping Action Plan ($14.7 million of which is specifically earmarked for initiatives to improve camping facilities in national parks – with an additional $6.3million allocated to the “Parks for People” initiative). Environment Minister Albert Jacob said this would provide more high-quality, low-cost campsites…

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A leopard seal

Community reminded to be careful of leopard seals

The Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) is advising people to be careful of any leopard seals they may encounter on beaches along the State’s southern coast. The advice follows the discovery of a leopard seal last week on a beach in Margaret River and another leopard seal on a beach in Denmark on the weekend, which had come ashore to rest with apparent injuries and returned to the water late on Saturday night. A leopard seal was also reported yesterday on the eastern end of Middleton Beach in Albany. DPaW senior wildlife officer Doug Coughran said leopard seals were aggressive predators and posed a danger to people if they attempted to approach or touch them. “Leopard seals have large jaws and long canines, and…

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An osprey chick being held by a wildlife carer during the relocation

Osprey nest relocated at Point Samson

An osprey nest with chicks has been successfully relocated from a moored barge to a specially-constructed nesting platform at Point Samson boat harbour in the Pilbara. The Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) provided advice and licensing to marine infrastructure business Marine & Civil to carry out the relocation last week. Earlier this month the company discovered an osprey nest with two chicks on the moveable support legs of a barge and sought permission from the Department of Transport to erect a metal nesting platform at the boat harbour. In a carefully-planned 45-minute operation conducted with the assistance of Pilbara Wildlife Carers, the chicks were removed from the nest while it was taken from the barge on a tarpaulin and placed on the elevated platform.…

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Report trapping of turtles to DPaW

Report trapping of turtles to DPaW

The Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) is asking the public to report people trapping native turtles in Perth’s lakes and rivers. DPaW senior wildlife officer Rick Dawson said at least 30 oblong, or long-necked, turtles (Chelodina oblonga) had been found dead in nets in a series of incidents over the past 12 months. “Wildlife officers believe that turtles have been caught and stored in nets for collection at a later date. However, for some reason they have not been retrieved and have drowned,” Mr Dawson said. “This is a cruel and illegal practice and the department is urging anyone who finds turtles caught in nets or traps, or observes any suspicious activity at suburban lakes and rivers, to contact DPaW’s Wildcare Helpline on 9474…

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WA Regional Forest Agreement progress report release for comment

WA Regional Forest Agreement progress report release for comment

On 4 May 1999, the State of Western Australia and the Commonwealth of Australia signed the Regional Forest Agreement for the South-West Forest Region of Western Australia. The WA RFA established a 20 year framework for the management and use of Western Australia’s south west forests. A report on the progress made to implement the Agreement during the first and second five years has been jointly prepared by the State of Western Australia and the Commonwealth of Australia. The report provides information on the extent to which the milestones and commitments of the Agreement have been implemented. The PDF of WA RFA report1.4 MB, is now available for a seven week public comment period closing on 13 September 2013. View the WA Regional Forest Agreement…

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