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Hamelin Bay jetty ruins

Visitor survey about Hamelin Bay jetty ruins

The community will be consulted about the future of the historic Hamelin Bay jetty ruins, following the recent installation of barrier fencing. Department of Parks and Wildlife officer Ben Tannock said a structural engineering assessment of the timber jetty remains indicated there were serious structural issues in the remaining piles and crossbeams. “Unfortunately the continuing deterioration of the structure means we have had to fence it off for safety reasons, while management options are considered,” Mr Tannock said. “The ruins of the jetty are a highly photographed and popular site and are synonymous with Hamelin Bay and its historic shipping past associated with the timber industry. “The options now being canvassed include dismantling the jetty and using the timber to create an interpretative seat and…

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Prescribed burning in pine plantations north of Perth

Spring prescribed burning in Perth’s northern suburbs

The Department of Parks and Wildlife has begun its spring prescribed burn program in the northern suburbs and surrounding areas including Joondalup and Wanneroo. Parks and Wildlife district manager Craig Olejnik said favourable weather conditions this week have allowed prescribed burns that have been months in the planning to go ahead. “The spring burning program will build on the successful 5,000 hectares of fuel reduction burning completed in Gnangara, Pinjar and Yanchep pine plantations over winter,” Mr Olejnik said. Prescribed burns within banksia woodlands are planned for Neerabup National Park, Yanchep National Park and State forest north of Perth that will combine landscape-scale burns and smaller burns near communities, to deliver effective protection from bushfire. “The department will look to take every opportunity to safely…

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Enjoying the Cocky Capers activity

Sunlit spring school holiday activities

  From ‘Cocky capers’ to ‘Bush Survival’, ‘Ramble with a ranger’ and “Deadly and dangerous’, it’s all happening in the Perth Hills as part of the Nearer to Nature school holiday program this October. Run by the Department of Parks and Wildlife and featuring fun, hands-on learning in the natural environment, there are a wide range of activities suitable for the whole family. Check out the activities on offer at the Perth Hills Discovery Centre in Mundaring throughout the school holidays.  Nearer to Nature program coordinator Berdina Ballast said the ‘Cocky capers’ activity for four to seven-year-olds was great fun. “This is a hands-on activity and kids can discover the types of places our cockatoos call home, what they eat and why they have such…

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Snakes emerge with warmer weather

Snakes emerge with warmer weather

The Department of Parks and Wildlife is reminding people to be aware that snake activity is on the rise with warmer spring weather. Wildlife officer Emma Lipianin said snake encounters would increase as reptiles emerged from winter hibernation to bask in the sun. “Snakes are most active over the next few months and we expect the number of calls from concerned residents who come across a snake will rise sharply,” she said. “We recommend people take extra care when venturing outdoors, particularly near swamps, lakes and bushland. “Snakes will normally try to avoid humans, but it is best to be aware and take precautions such as wearing long pants and enclosed shoes while walking along bush trails.” Ms Lipianin said most snake bites occurred when…

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Give way to ducklings

Give way to ducklings

Spring has sprung in Perth with ducklings starting to emerge from their nests in search of the nearest wetland, prompting a reminder from the Department of Parks and Wildlife for people to exercise caution on roads near water bodies. Wildlife officer Emma Lipianin said ducks often nested in tree hollows a considerable distance away from the water and once their young hatched, mothers had a long journey ahead of them to bring their ducklings to the nearest wetland. “This often results in the ducklings attempting to cross roads and cycle paths as they try to get to their destination,” she said. “Ducks on the move have been known to bring major highways and even the Mitchell Freeway to a halt, so we ask motorists and…

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