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Department wins Premier's Award for Kimberley Landscape Conservation Initiative

Department wins Premier's Award for Kimberley Landscape Conservation Initiative

  Premier Colin Barnett last night announced that the Department of Parks and Wildlife had won the Environment category of the 2014 Premier’s Awards for ‘Protecting the nature of the Kimberley’.   The Premier’s Awards for Excellence in Public Sector Management were established in 1996 to recognise and reward outstanding performance and achievements in public service to the community. The winning project is the Landscape Conservation Initiative, which began in 2011 under the Government’s Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy–a bold plan to conserve the region’s natural and cultural values. The Landscape Conservation Initiative is WA’s largest ever conservation project, unprecedented in its scope and scale, with the Department working with many others to achieve conservation outcomes across the landscape, not just in parks. Partners Australian Wildlife…

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Old Baden Powell campground closed for redevelopment

Old Baden Powell campground closed for redevelopment

The Department of Parks and Wildlife has closed the old Baden Powell campground in Lane Poole Reserve in Dwellingup to begin an upgrade of facilities. The campground will be redeveloped into a day-use area and overflow campground under the State Government’s Parks for People initiative. Parks and Wildlife Officer Laurence Radin said the old Baden Powell campground was established 30 years ago and had become degraded with the ageing of pine trees. “The site also no longer caters for the increased number of campers with Lane Poole Reserve attracting 204,404visits during 2013-14,” he said. Mr Radin said campers should seek alternative locations within Lane Poole Reserve including Nanga Mill and the Nanga townsite campgrounds. These sites do not require pre-booking. Nanga Mill is the most…

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Artist's impression of the new lookout at The Gap

The Gap and Natural Bridge works about to start

  Works to redevelop and improve visitor facilities at the iconic Gap and Natural Bridge in Torndirrup National Park are about to get underway. Department of Parks and Wildlife district manager Peter Hartley said initial site works were scheduled to begin on Monday 10 November. “This is an exciting $5.15 million project, funded through the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program ($3.9 million) and the department’s capital works program ($1.25 million), to redevelop a popular Albany tourist destination currently attracting about 210,000 visits per year,” Mr Hartley said. “The improvements include new lookouts, pathways and interpretive signage designed to enhance visitors’ experience and safety. “The lookouts will provide a closer, more dramatic view of the beautiful coastal environment while incorporating key safety design features.” Mr…

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Enjoy parks in Esperance area responsibly

Enjoy parks in Esperance area responsibly

The Department of Parks and Wildlife is encouraging visitors to enjoy Esperance’s scenic national parks and nature reserves responsibly. Parks and Wildlife district manager Rob Blok said it was important park users were mindful of others and aware of park regulations prior to visiting. “The department urges all visitors to check and follow signage at our parks and reserves, because this provides important information relating to personal safety and responsible usage,” Mr Blok said. “If in doubt about what you can do or where to go, please check with one of our rangers or call the local Parks and Wildlife office for more information. “We encourage everyone to enjoy the magnificent scenery and recreational opportunities in south coast parks in a responsible way, for everyone’s…

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Damage to Parks and Wildlife 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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