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Crocodile sighted in Lake Kununurra

Saltwater crocodile sighting at Lake Kununurra

  The Department of Parks and Wildlife today advised Kununurra residents and visitors to remain on alert following a confirmedestuarine (saltwater) crocodile sighting. A crocodile measuring between 2.5-3m was seen and photographed inside the Lake Kununurra crocodile risk mitigation area on Monday 21 July 2014. Wildlife officer Mathew Byers said the crocodile is somewhere upstream of Carlton Gorge. “The department is attempting to locate and remove the crocodile from the area and warning signs have been placed at the lake’s popular swimming spots,” Mr Byers said. “An animal of this size poses a significant safety risk and we urge adults, their children and pets to stay out of the water and away from the water’s edge in all areas upstream from Crossing Falls boat ramp.”…

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Whale calf, north of Coral Bay

Steer clear of whale carcass near Coral Bay

The Department of Parks and Wildlife is advising people to avoid a whale carcass on a beach approximately 20km north of Coral Bay in the Pilbara Region. A humpback calf stranded and died last night and its carcass may attract sharks, posing a risk to swimmers and other users of the Ningaloo Marine Park. People are asked not to interfere with the carcass for health and safety reasons. The carcass is expected to quickly deteriorate due to natural processes and incoming high tides. It is not feasible to remove the carcass because the area is not readily accessible to vehicles or vessels. Warning signage will be installed at the beach and Parks and Wildlife is working with Department of Fisheries officers to monitor the situation.…

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Realigned part of track

Improved access and conservation at Kilcarnup

Improvements have been carried out to the track approach to Joeys Nose beach within the Kilcarnup area in Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park. Ben Tannock, from the Department of Parks and Wildlife, said the works were part of an area master plan for Kilcarnup. “We recently completed the realignment of the vehicle track into Joeys Nose beach and closed and rehabilitated a deeply-eroded section of track,” Mr Tannock said. Mr Tannock said the area master plan was developed by Parks and Wildlife in conjunction with the Kilcarnup Joeys Nose Gnoocardup Recreation Group and the Shire of Augusta Margaret River. “There was an extensive consultation process with the community, including site visits and a public comment period where the views and aspirations of the community were taken into…

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Volunteers clean up Samphire Cove Nature Reserve

Volunteers clean up Samphire Cove Nature Reserve

A group of enthusiastic local volunteers is helping transform Mandurah’s Samphire Cove Nature Reserve. The Friends of Samphire Cove Group formed in 2013 in response to complaints of anti-social behaviour at the nature reserve, which is managed by the Department of Parks and Wildlife. Conservation officer Nicole Godfrey said the group meet at the reserve at 9am on the last Sunday of the month to clean up rubbish, repair damage to fences, paint out graffiti, spray weeds, plant seedlings and oil bird hides, before enjoying morning tea. “Thanks to the dedicated work of group members, we’re now seeing families walking in Samphire Cove Nature Reserve and bird watchers spotting native species,” Ms Godfrey said. “Groups such as the Mandurah Herbarium volunteers have held educational walks…

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Free entry to national parks for Nature Play WA kids

Free entry to national parks for Nature Play WA kids

With the school holidays upon us, families are being reminded about free entry to 30 national parks for all Western Australian children who hold a Nature Play WA passport. To celebrate the State Government’s Parks for People initiative, the Department of Parks and Wildlife has teamed up with Nature Play WA to waive fees for young passport holders and their families from tomorrow (Saturday 5 July) to Sunday 20 July. Peter Sharp, Director of Parks and Visitor Services, said there was a diverse range of fun experiences on offer in the State’s 100 national parks. “This free entry initiative gives families a wonderful opportunity to plan a visit to one of our spectacular parks where children can get outdoors and enjoy nature,” he said. “From…

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