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.)

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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Wildlife officer Cameron Craigie with one of the loggerhead turtles.

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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Draft joint management plan released for Guniyan Binba Conservation Park

Draft joint management plan released for Guniyan Binba Conservation Park

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson has today encouraged people to have their say on the draft joint management plan for the Guniyan Binba Conservation Park. The Guniyan Binba Conservation Park is an intertidal reserve that covers an area north of Cable Beach to Willie Creek. The park is jointly vested and managed by the Yawuru Registered Native Title Holders Body Corporate, the Shire of Broome, and the Conservation and Parks Commission under the Conservation and Land Management Act 1984. It is managed according to the Yawuru Prescribed Body Corporate Indigenous Land Use Agreement and the Yawuru Area Agreement Indigenous Land Use Agreement. The area features sandy beaches, mangroves and other important habitat for many aquatic, bird, mammal and reptile species including nesting habitat for the threatened…

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Support for Wellington National Park expansion revealed on International Day of Forests

Support for Wellington National Park expansion revealed on International Day of Forests

The McGowan Government has welcomed a positive response to the proposed expansion of Wellington National Park, with the public consultation period now closed. The consultation response, released today on International Day of Forests, is a positive step towards the delivery of this election commitment for the people of the Collie-Preston electorate. The proposed expansion along the southern boundary to the Preston River will provide a focus for tourism along major access routes and enhance opportunities for recreation, while also providing greater protection for flora and fauna. A total of 46 submissions were received, with the vast majority expressing their support for the expansion. Reasons for supporting the proposal included an increased level of protection for the natural environment, and opportunities for developing the local economy…

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