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.)

Estuarine crocodile

Be Crocwise safety campaign launched

Residents and visitors to the Kimberley are being encouraged to Be Crocwise this summer, following a spike in saltwater crocodile numbers and sightings across the region. Be Crocwise – a new safety campaign educating people to be safe in and around Kimberley waters – has been adopted from the Northern Territory, creating consistent messaging across the top end of Australia. Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) Parks and Wildlife Service Kimberley regional manager Daryl Moncrieff said it was important for people to be aware of the risks associated with proximity to crocodiles. “It appears not only the number but also the size of the individual animals is increasing so it is a timely reminder about the presence of crocodiles in the Kimberley and to…

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Monkey Mia

Joint media statement - Funding to deliver tourism vision for Monkey Mia

Monkey Mia will benefit from $40,000 in Federal Government funding to establish a vision for the area which will include the development of world-class visitor facilities, experiences and tourism infrastructure. The funding is a partnership between the Federal and State governments as part of the Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure (TDDI) program. The program provides $43 million over four years to States and Territories for key infrastructure projects that will drive tourism growth. Western Australia received $5.063 million in funding over four years, managed by the State Government through Tourism Western Australia. The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions will match the Federal Government funding and manage the project. The funding will go towards engaging architects to develop concept plans and preliminary designs for the future…

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Dibbler

Dibbler populations bolstered

Endangered marsupial released on the south coast to assist with long-term conservation efforts Animals from a successful captive breeding program A total of 69 dibblers have been reintroduced into bushland on the State's south coast as part of efforts to strengthen populations to assist with the long-term recovery of the endangered species. Successful release of the small carnivorous marsupials was due to a partnership between the Perth Zoo and the Parks and Wildlife team under the new Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.  The department bred the dibblers before releasing them into an area that borders Peniup Creek near Jerramungup. Before the release, fox baiting was carried out at the site and this will continue in addition to feral cat trapping, under the department's Western…

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Riverbank Program to fund foreshore restoration projects funded in 2017-18

Riverbank Program to fund foreshore restoration projects funded in 2017-18

Riverbank funding to protect Swan and Canning rivers Six local foreshore land managers to receive $324,774 in 17/18 funding A further $675,226 will be negotiated with local government partners in 17/18

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Spring prescribed burning underway

Spring prescribed burning underway

Extra $5.5 million allocated in 2017-18 Budget to boost prescribed burning  Spring burning has begun with the State Government capitalising on favourable weather conditions to get bushfire ready ahead of the coming summer months. The Parks and Wildlife Service at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions has begun its spring prescribed burning program to minimise the impact of devastating bushfires on communities. In the 2016-17 financial year, the department achieved 247,360 hectares due to preparation of burns during the preceding 12 months, committed staff and beneficial weather conditions. This was the department's best result in 29 years. In its south-west forest regions, the department aims to have 45 per cent of the landscape it manages, about 2.5 million hectares, at less than six years…

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