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Water bomber, part of the State's aerial fleet.

WA’s firefighters take to the skies for the 2017-18 bushfire season

Western Australia's $21 million aerial firefighting fleet has been bolstered this bushfire season with the addition of a multipurpose helicopter and new multipurpose hangar. Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan and Environment Minister Stephen Dawson today launched the State's aerial fleet and the new operations base in Jandakot for the 2017-18 bushfire season. The new multipurpose hangar means the State's firefighting aviation services will operate under the one roof for the first time. The new base will also provide storage for specialist rescue and hazmat incident response equipment that can be rapidly deployed by air. The multipurpose helicopter can be used for water bombing, air attack supervision, heavy rescue, and transporting crews and equipment to natural disasters. The joint Department of Fire and Emergency Services and…

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New camp sites at Jarradene

New campground for Margaret River region

New campground near Margaret River open for Christmas New $2.7 million campground for Jarrahdene The first stage of the new $2.7 million Jarrahdene Campground in the State’s south-west has been completed just in time for the Christmas holidays. Stage one of the project includes 24 individual camp sites, five double-cubicle toilets and four barbecue shelters, as well as tables and fireplaces for each camp site. Located 21 kilometres south of Margaret River, Jarrahdene Campground is next to the remains of the State Heritage-listed Jarrahdene Mill, which was built in 1896 and was the centre of the local community and economy. The completed campground will feature 36 camp sites and two group camping areas that can be used by school groups and outdoor education providers. It…

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A male western ground parrot leaves the nest after feeding a female

International interest in critically endangered species

The western ground parrot, a critically endangered species, has gained international attention and investment from a German-based environmental group. The Association for the Conservation of Threatened Parrots e.V. (ACTP), a non-profit organisation, has committed $200,000 over two years and signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) to support the ongoing protection of the species. Chair of the South Coast Threatened Birds Recovery Team Sarah Comer said she welcomed the ACTP’s investment in assisting with recovery efforts for the western ground parrot. “The funding will help to support the western ground parrot program at Perth Zoo, and ongoing recovery of wild populations on the South Coast, both of which are important in improving our knowledge of western ground parrots,”…

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Threatened bird species nesting on Point Walter Spit

Threatened bird species nesting on Point Walter Spit

Recreation river users and fishers are being asked to please avoid the Point Walter Spit as there are presently an estimated 60 breeding pairs of fairy Terns making use of the vegetation and shoreline at the end of the spit. The City of Melville has erected signage discouraging access to the site. It is estimated that there are less than 1600 breeding pairs of fairy terns left in Western Australia. These tiny birds nest between October and January and like many shorebirds will nest above the high-tide mark on sandy beaches, where they lay one or two specked eggs in a shallow scrape in the sand. The eggs and chicks are highly vulnerable to disturbance as well as predators. Other birds, including pied oyster catchers…

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Warmer weather brings smelly weeds to Swan River foreshore

Warmer weather brings smelly weeds to Swan River foreshore

As summer approaches, the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions is reminding people that seagrass and macroalgae often accumulates on shorelines at this time of year and may emit odours as part of a natural breakdown process. DBCA Rivers and Estuaries Director Mark Cugley said submerged vegetation played an important role within the river system as habitat for fish and sea horses and as a food source for black swans. “Macroalgae and seagrass in the Swan River can grow rapidly at this time of year due to increases in temperature, available light and nutrients and then, as it dies off, prevailing winds and tides can cause it to accumulate as wrack on some foreshores of the Swan Canning Riverpark,” Mr Cugley said. “While the accumulated…

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