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Prescribed burn

$22 million funding boost for prescribed burning

The McGowan Government is delivering a $22 million funding boost to DBCA's Enhanced Prescribed Burning Program over four years, via the 2019-20 State Budget. This is in addition to the department's annual prescribed burning budget allocation of $11 million for the south-west of the State. Research shows that prescribed burning is effective in reducing the frequency and size of bushfires in the forests of south-west Western Australia when at least 45 per cent of the landscape has a fuel age of less than six years since last burnt. To realise this target in the three south-west forest regions it manages, DBCA's Parks and Wildlife Service aims to prescribe burn at least 200,000 hectares each financial year.

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Cape Peron restoration completed to preserve WA’s history

Cape Peron restoration completed to preserve WA’s history

Restoration completed at the John Point lookout, gun emplacement and observation post Cape Peron is part of the Rockingham Lakes Regional Park Cape Peron, one of Western Australia's coastal defence sites during the Second World War, has been upgraded to reflect its historical significance. The area surrounding the heritage-listed observation post has been resurfaced with limestone concrete, while new steps have been installed and the existing balustrade has been replaced with galvanised steel. The John Point lookout at Cape Peron has also been upgraded to include a limestone retaining wall, limestone concrete surface and an aluminium marine-grade balustrade. The gun emplacement has been enhanced with a limestone retaining wall and bench seating. The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) will continue to work with…

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Lucky Bay campground. Photo - DBCA

Get in quick to secure your Easter camping spot

With Easter just around the corner, the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions is advising that many of its 36 bookable campgrounds are already full, with limited vacancies available at non-bookable locations. Parks and Visitor Services’ Steve Crawford said the Easter long weekend remains one of the most popular times for camping in Western Australia’s national parks and reserves, with many families booking months in advance to secure their spot. “Popular campgrounds like Lucky Bay, Conto, Potters Gorge and Honeymoon Pool can start filling up as early as six months before Easter,” Mr Crawford said. Those without bookings that are still eager to camp may have luck at one of the non-bookable campgrounds, however at these locations, availability is on a first-come, first-served basis. “We…

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10-year plan for the proposed Niiwalarra Islands National Park and Lesueur Island Nature Reserve

10-year plan for the proposed Niiwalarra Islands National Park and Lesueur Island Nature Reserve

The McGowan Government has today released the draft joint management plan for the proposed Niiwalarra Islands National Park and Lesueur Island Nature Reserve for people to have their say. The draft joint management plan covers the islands that form the Niiwalarra islands and Lesueur Island, which are located off the coast of the Kimberley region of Western Australia. The islands will be jointly vested with the Balanggarra Aboriginal Corporation and the Conservation and Parks Commission. They will be jointly managed by the Balanggarra traditional owners (Kwini people) and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions. Niiwalarra is the traditional Kwini name for Sir Graham Moore Island. Niiwalarra islands refers to the island group, 'Sir Graham Moore islands'. The release of this draft joint management plan…

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Wayward rescued sea turtles released off Exmouth

Wayward rescued sea turtles released off Exmouth

Twenty-one juvenile loggerhead turtles that washed ashore along the south-west coast will today be flown from Perth to Exmouth to be released into Ningaloo Marine Park. The release is part of a joint effort by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA), the community and rehabilitation centres to help conserve the critically endangered species, with only an estimated 1500 to 2000 females known to nest annually in WA. The juvenile turtles drifted ashore during storms over the past 18 months after travelling southwards in the Leeuwin current, and were reported to DBCA by community members. DBCA Parks and Wildlife Service wildlife officer Cameron Craigie said the turtles had received intensive medical care at Perth Zoo before being rehabilitated at AQWA and the Bunbury Dolphin…

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