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Bullet hole through window of fire tower

Damage to Parks and Wildlife fire tower

The Department of Parks and Wildlife has carried out extensive repairs to a vandalised fire tower in the south-west. The 20m-high Collins lookout tower, located between Ellensbrook House near Margaret River and Gracetown, is used for early detection of bushfires. Parks and Wildlife operations officer Deborah Peachey said a bullet had been shot through one of the tower windows. “The whole pane of glass has had to be replaced,” Ms Peachey said. “The perimeter fence around the tower was damaged and, disturbingly, the access trapdoor into the cabin and its lock was wrecked. “Someone has climbed 20 metres up the ladder to damage the trapdoor, which was a dangerous thing to do.” Ms Peachey said the tower, which was completely rebuilt in 2013, had been…

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Osprey Bay campground area before upgrade works begin

Osprey Bay campground closed for revamp works

Osprey Bay campground and day use area in Cape Range National Park will be closed for several months while it undergoes a significant face-lift to improve visitor facilities. Exmouth district manager Arvid Hogstrom said the redevelopment project would result in new and improved facilities at the campground. “The current number of camp sites will be doubled and they will be divided into two loops that will have their own access roads and walking tracks to the beach,” he said. “There will also be a separate access road to the existing boat launch and day use areas, which will help to minimise the level of passing traffic for campers. “In addition to this, toilet facilities will be upgraded and a new day use shade shelter will…

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View of Barren Ranges from Pt Ann at Fitzgerald River National Park

Enjoy south coast parks during ANZAC commemorations

A visit to some of Albany’s magnificent parks and reserves will be on the agenda for many people visiting Albany during the ANZAC convoy commemorations. Department of Parks and Wildlife district manager Peter Hartley urged visitors to enjoy the area’s scenic national parks and nature reserves responsibly. “This is a great opportunity to explore the beautiful south coast and we are asking people to be courteous and mindful of other park users,” Mr Hartley said. “As bins are not provided at the majority of our sites, visitors are requested to take out what they bring in. “We would like to remind people that Parks and Wildlife conducts 1080 fox baiting in this area and for safety reasons we do not allow pet dogs or cats…

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New fence protects estuarine crocodile habitat

New fence protects estuarine crocodile habitat

Estuarine crocodile nesting sites in the Ord River Nature Reserve have been separated from wandering cattle with a new 20km fence constructed by the Department of Parks and Wildlife. The fence, when combined with existing pastoral property fences, safeguards approximately 1500 hectares of valuable estuarine (saltwater) crocodile nesting habitat, said Parks and Wildlife officer Trent Stillman. “The Ord River is recognised as one of the most significant breeding sites for this species in WA,” Mr Stillman said. “In past years, up to 1000 head of cattle have been observed grazing within the boundary of the nature reserve. “On a number of occasions they have been rounded up and removed, but over time they have reinvaded the riverine grasslands within the reserve. “Cattle trample and disturb…

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Steer clear of whale carcass near Peaceful Bay

Steer clear of whale carcass near Peaceful Bay

The Department of Parks and Wildlife is advising people to avoid a whale carcass caught in rocks at Groper Bay, near Peaceful Bay, on the south coast between Walpole and Denmark. The significantly decomposed carcass, which is approximately 8m in length, may attract sharks, posing a risk to swimmers and other users of the coastal environment. People are asked not to interfere with the whale carcass for health and safety reasons. It is not feasible to remove the carcass because it is partially submerged in water and the area is not readily accessible to vessels. Warning signage will be installed at the beach and Parks and Wildlife is working with the Shire of Denmark regarding nearby Peaceful Bay beach, which is a popular swimming area.…

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