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.)

Duck shot with arrow.

Duck shot with arrow

  Duck shot with arrow The Department of Parks Wildlife (DPaW) is appealing for public information following a cruel attack on a native duck that was shot with an arrow in Albany last week. On Thursday 22 August, an adult wood duck, also referred to as a maned goose, was found on Opal Street in Little Grove with a large target arrow through its body. The injured bird was brought to a local veterinary hospital and was subsequently euthanased due to severe internal injuries. DPaW regional nature conservation leader Deon Utber said the attack was being investigated by DPaW, with assistance from the RSPCA. “Using harmless animals like ducks for target practice is something that is not only illegal, it is completely inhumane and it…

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Croc sighted near Port Jetty in Broome

Croc sighted near Port Jetty in Broome

Croc sighted near Port Jetty in Broome The Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) today advised Broome residents and visitors to the area to be alert following sightings of an estuarine crocodile in shallow waters between Port Jetty and Entrance Point Boat Ramps. DPaW Officer Darren Stevens said the 3m crocodile was sighted twice today first by a local fisherman and then by department staff. The crocodile was last seen heading north-west from Entrance Point towards Gantheaume Point approximately 800m off shore. “People need to be careful, and avoid the beach and waters between Gantheaume Point and Port Beach, including Reddell Beach,” he said. “We have department and Shire of Broome rangers on site advising people to exercise caution and warning signs have been erected.…

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Little corellas playing

Public urged to report little corella sightings

The Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) is urging South West residents to report sightings of introduced little corellas (Cacatua sanguinea) as part of a study to monitor their movements and behaviour. DPaW project officer Mark Blythman said 10 little corellas were caught and fitted with wing tags last weekend, with the birds released in Australind and expected to move through the Australind, Bunbury, Collie, Donnybrook and Busselton areas. “The information gathered through this study will help us increase our knowledge of these introduced birds, which pose a threat to local wildlife, and consider future control strategies,” he said. “Although little corellas occur naturally in the north of the state, north of the South West land zone, they are believed to be becoming established in…

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Budget fulfils new Kimberley parks commitment

Budget fulfils new Kimberley parks commitment

Additional funding in the State Budget for the management of new marine and national parks in the north Kimberley will boost funding for conservation in the region to an unprecedented $80.5 million. A further $18.5million from Royalties for Regions (over four years) has been allocated on top of the $63million already committed by the Liberal-National Government to the Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy. The new funds will support the expansion of the Great Kimberley Marine Park; the creation of a national park at the internationally recognised Horizontal Falls and the establishment of what will be Australia’s biggest national park. Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the significant investment highlighted the Government’s strong resolve to protect and enhance the State’s remarkable Kimberley marine and landscapes. “Today’s commitment…

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Family camping a big winner in State Budget

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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