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Parks and Wildlife staff after last year's rivers clean-up

Join in the riverside clean-up and make a difference

If you have ever enjoyed a trip to the Swan Canning Riverpark, join us for the Clean Our Rivers event from 30 January to 5 February and make a difference to river health. Department of Parks and Wildlife volunteers and community manager Jason Menzies said people were encouraged to gather their friends and take part in a riverside rubbish clean-up. “This is a great way for Perth river users to help prevent rubbish and discarded fishing waste making their way into the river system,” Mr Menzies said. “We’re hoping lots of people can get involved with this initiative, which is in its second year.” Mr Menzies said Parks and Wildlife removed several tonnes of rubbish such as plastics, shopping trolleys, whitegoods and fishing waste from…

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Geraldton carnation. Photo - Parks and Wildlife

Project to protect Windmills surf break

A project is underway to remove an infestation of weeds and prevent erosion at the access track to the popular Windmills surf break near Cape Naturaliste. The project is a partnership between community group Dunsborough Coast and Land Care and the Department of Parks and Wildlife. Volunteers recently removed enough Geraldton carnation and double-gee weeds from the two-hectare infestation in the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park to fill 42 garbage bags. Parks and Wildlife nature conservation coordinator Ben Lullfitz said it was believed the weeds were accidentally introduced to the national park by visitors carrying the seed on their shoes or cars from other locations where the weeds are prevalent.

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One of the new mobile communications vehicles

Mobile operations trucks boost bushfire communications

The Department of Parks and Wildlife has developed two high-tech mobile communications vehicles to assist with bushfire management, particularly in remote locations. The trucks are fitted with internet capability and telephones powered by a rooftop satellite dish, computer screens delivering weather, mapping, emails and other information, VHF radios and a printer for essential colour maps. Regional fire services coordinator Murray Mitchell said the vehicles had been designed and fitted out by departmental staff to replace two ageing and less-equipped mobile control point buses. “The need for optimum communications during bushfires is paramount and these new trucks give us greater flexibility and operational support for firefighters than the old buses,” Mr Mitchell said.

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Successful weed removal at Mount Hart, King Leopold Ranges

Successful weed removal at Mount Hart, King Leopold Ranges

Department of Parks and Wildlife staff and Wunggurr traditional owners are winning the battle against the invasive weed taro at Mount Hart in King Leopold Ranges Conservation Park. West Kimberley district operations officer Dr Karen Bettink said introduced taro (Colocasia esculenta var. aquatilis) - also known as elephant ears - had been choking parts of the Barker River near the Mount Hart Homestead, preventing native species from flourishing. “We have been working since 2008 with the local Wunggurr rangers to eradicate taro at the homestead and along a heavily-infested 8km section of river,” Dr Bettink said. “With funding from the State Government’s Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy, trials were conducted to determine the best control method, and with adaptive management, significant inroads have been made…

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2016 Volunteer of the Year and Outstanding Service Awards

2016 Volunteer of the Year and Outstanding Service Awards

Parks and Wildlife has recognised and celebrated the work of exceptional volunteers at the annual Volunteer of the Year awards. Environment Minister Albert Jacob and Director General Jim Sharp presented the 2016 Volunteer of the Year award to Darryl Scott for his work as a campground host in Stokes National Park and his assistance with numerous projects in the department’s Esperance District.  

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