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West End linked to Wadjemup walk trails

West End linked to Wadjemup walk trails

Five trails of the 45km Wadjemup Bidi on Rottnest Island are now open Community collaboration helps deliver project at nearly 50 per cent under budget  The final section of the Wadjemup Bidi project is now open, completing the 45 kilometre network of walk trails on Rottnest Island. Ngank Wen Bidi takes in the far reaches of the island's scenic West End. For the first time, visitors will have formal access to the stunning Rocky Bay and Marjorie Bay. The trail also takes visitors past the colony of New Zealand fur seals in the waters at Cathedral Rocks, and onto the rugged coastline of Cape Vlamingh and Fish Hook Bay. Planned as a five-year $8 million project, the five Wadjemup Bidi sections were delivered in four…

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Sikh Heritage Trail

Trail celebrates Sikh heritage

Australian Sikh Heritage Trail pays tribute to Western Australia's unique heritage  A trail that recognises the remarkable contributions of Sikhs to Western Australia was officially opened today by Environment Minister Stephen Dawson and Acting Local Government and Heritage Minister and Cannington MLA Bill Johnston. The Australian Sikh Heritage Trail at Adenia Park in Riverton was recently completed and includes upgrades to the 250 metre-long trail and footpath, in addition to new interpretation facilities with signage, seating and features depicting heritage values. The trail will provide visitors with information about the history of the Australian Sikh community, as well as information about Whadjuk Noongar culture and the Swan Canning Riverpark. The project has been a collaboration between the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA); the…

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New name for Bramley National Park

New name for Bramley National Park

Recognising the significance of Aboriginal heritage and culture  Bramley National Park, in the heart of Margaret River, has been renamed to Wooditjup National Park to reflect the area's significance to the Wadandi people. Wooditjup (pronounced wood-it-jup) was formally adopted as the new name for the national park in late January 2018 after consultation with traditional owners and the South West Boojarah Working Party. The park is home to stunning karri, marri and jarrah trees as well as a number of native species, including western ringtail possums, brush-tailed phascogales and quenda. It is also popular with walkers and mountain bike riders, with plans underway to construct more mountain bike, walk and shared-use trails within the national park this year. The name change is part of a…

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$2.5m allocated to protect Carnaby’s cockatoo habitat

$2.5m allocated to protect Carnaby’s cockatoo habitat

Pine harvesting of the northern plantations of the Gnangara Mound slowed Reduced impact to Carnaby's cockatoo feeding habitat $2.5 million allocated to meet timber supply needs for industry  The McGowan Government will reduce the extent of harvesting in the northern Gnangara, Pinjar and Yanchep pine plantations in order to protect the feeding habitat of the endangered Carnaby's cockatoo. State Government funding of $2.5 million, to be detailed in the 2018-19 State Budget, will enable pines to be sourced from other locations in the South-West and meet supply agreements with the timber industry. The funds will meet the additional haulage and thinning costs associated with harvesting at alternative sites. Harvesting will be reduced from a projected 2,200 hectares to 500 hectares until June 30, 2019 to…

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Whale sharks' arrival signals excitement for 2018

Whale sharks' arrival signals excitement for 2018

Western Australia is preparing for another successful whale shark season, following sightings of the world's largest fish at the Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area on the State's Coral Coast. More than 29,000 people visited the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef in 2017 to swim with the gentle giants of the sea that migrate to WA shores between March and August each year to feed on plankton and krill. Adding to the record-breaking year, 2017 saw a total of 1,742 tours take place across the season, with a whale shark sighting success rate of 94 per cent. Whale shark swim tours have begun operating from Coral Bay and Exmouth, and will continue through to July enabling visitors the opportunity to have a face-to-fin encounter with the friendly…

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