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.)

A woylie is released at Julimar

Chuditch population going strong at Julimar

Monitoring at Julimar State Forest has confirmed that the site is home to one of the healthiest known chuditch populations in Western Australia. Native animal monitoring and 1080 fox baiting has been undertaken at Julimar since 1992 and is delivered by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions’ (DBCA) flagship fauna recovery program, Western Shield. DBCA Parks and Wildlife Service officer Rebecca Kay said the chuditch is a threatened native species and is vulnerable to predation by the feral European red fox. Ms Kay said the number of chuditch captured during annual monitoring in July showed that fox baiting in the area was having a positive effect on native animals. “The recent fauna trapping undertaken by staff from the Perth Hills district at Julimar State…

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The Gap

10-year plan for Albany’s iconic conservation reserves

•State Government releases management plan for Albany coast parks and reserves•Area extends along the coast and hinterland from Hay River in the west to the Pallinup River in the north-east, and includes nine island nature reserves The McGowan Government has today released the final plan for coast parks and reserves around Albany. The plan replaces the Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve Management Plan 1995, West Cape Howe National Park Management Plan 1995 and the South Coast Regional Management Plan 1992. Albany coast parks and reserves are well known for their high conservation, recreation and heritage values and include several large, intact conservation reserves that protect high plant species diversity and important habitat for threatened flora and fauna such as the critically endangered Gilbert's potoroo. The…

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prescribed burning

Western Australia's first prescribed burning forum begins

​The first prescribed burning forum of its kind in WA to be held in Busselton from today International, national and State experts gathering to discuss best practice in prescribed burning Three-day forum is being hosted by the Office of Bushfire Risk Management Leaders in bushfire mitigation from local, interstate and international partner agencies have been brought together in Busselton today by Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan and Environment Minister Stephen Dawson for Western Australia's first prescribed burning forum. The Burning Question: Now & Beyond, Western Australian Prescribed Burning Forum 2017 convenes experts in the field to share their perspective and enhance the co-ordination and delivery of prescribed burning programs across the State. Forum participants will hear from leading American prescribed burning expert, Mike Dueitt, Director…

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Crocodile removed from Lake Kununurra

Crocodile removed from Lake Kununurra

An estuarine (saltwater) crocodile has been trapped and removed from Lake Kununurra. East Kimberley district wildlife officer Steven Leeder from the Parks and Wildlife Service at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions said the 2.6m crocodile was yesterday removed from an operational trap on the lake. “Relocation was not an option in this case, so officers made the decision to euthanase the animal,” Mr Leeder said. “The size of the crocodile and its ability to move quickly made it a considerable threat to people using the lake. “Action needed to be taken as Lake Kununurra is a popular recreation area for waterskiers, boaters and swimmers and is also a designated Crocodile Risk Mitigation Area.” An estuarine crocodile with similar markings was sighted by a…

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Partial closure of bike trails in Bramley NP

Partial closure of bike trails in Bramley NP

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions today advised that parts of the mountain bike trail network in Bramley National Park will be closed from 7-10 August. The Forest Products Commission will begin pine harvesting operations in the Margaret River Pines adjacent to the park and as such there will be no access to some trails during these works. The trails emanating from the Manager’s parking area will be affected during 7-8 August and the trails adjacent to Fox, Ashton and Pine Boundary roads will be closed during 9-10 August. Access to Big Pine and the Manager’s carpark via the northern and western entries of the pine plantation will also be closed during these periods to ensure the safety of trail users. Ben Tannock from…

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