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Humpback whale and calf at Lalang-garram / Camden Sound Marine Park

Whales protected in Kimberley marine park plan

Humpback whale calving grounds will be protected and Aboriginal employment opportunities increased as part of the Lalang-garram / Camden Sound Marine Park Joint Management Agreement, signed today with traditional owners in Derby. The agreement, between the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) and the Dambimangari Aboriginal Corporation, is the first such agreement for any marine park in Western Australia. It confirms the Liberal National Government’s commitment to managing the park with traditional owners. In Derby today, Environment Minister Albert Jacob also released the Lalang-garram / Camden Sound Marine Park management plan, the first to be created for a marine park under the State Government’s Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy. Mr Jacob said the plan outlined a range of strategies to conserve the values of the…

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Fire officer battles a bushfire on departmental land

DPaW firefighters busy in the south-west

Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) firefighters have been responding to more than a dozen fires across the State since early yesterday. DPaW regional duty officer Brad Barton said more than 50 personnel working out of 16 trucks and three earth-moving machines had been activated in DPaW’s Donnelly District alone to attack bushfires in the area and to assist with fires on private property. “Our staff have been working hard over the last 48 hours to get these fires under control and ensure they don’t impact lives, homes, infrastructure and our environment,” he said. “Thunderstorms brought lightning that started the fires in the area, which were fuelled by hot weather and some wind. One fire began as a result of a private landholder’s roadside burn-off.…

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Mussels the flatback turtle

“Mussels” the flatback turtle flexes muscles in ocean release

  A rehabilitated juvenile flatback turtle called Mussels will be released into the wild today and tracked by the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) using satellite technology. The turtle is being flown to Broome for release into the ocean at Cable Beach after undergoing extensive rehabilitation at AQWA - the Aquarium of Western Australia since it was found in poor condition near Fremantle as a post-hatchling. DPaW marine science program principal scientist Scott Whiting said Broome was selected as a release location because it had known habitat for flatback turtles. “This turtle is extra special because it is one of only a few flatback turtles rehabilitated in Western Australia and satellite technology is being used to follow its movements,” Dr Whiting said. “A transmitter…

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Research centre opens its doors at Credo

Research centre opens its doors at Credo

A new multi-purpose field study centre for scientists working on significant environmental research projects in the Great Western Woodlands was officially opened today in the Goldfields. The $220,000 research centre, part of the Australian Supersite Network, is located at the Credo former pastoral station and has been established by a partnership between the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW), the CSIRO and the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN), with support from the Goldfields Environmental Management Group. The centre was jointly funded by DPaW ($100,000), the Great Western Woodlands ($60,000), the CSIRO ($30,000) and the Goldfields Environmental Management Group ($30,000).  DPaW Parks and Visitors Services regional leader Nigel Wessels said the facility would be used by scientists involved in research projects aimed at providing a better…

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Magpies swoop in for spring

Magpies swoop in for spring

The Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) is reminding people to watch out for swooping magpies, after receiving a string of reports from the public. During the last seven weeks, the department has received more than 70 calls about magpies displaying aggressive behaviour towards people in the Perth metropolitan area. DPaW wildlife officer Teagan Johnston said magpies were most active during the spring months. “We expect that the number of calls from concerned residents who encounter an aggressive magpie will rise sharply as we approach summer,” she said. “Male magpies are territorial and may swoop at people if they think their nest or offspring are being threatened but they are only doing what comes naturally to them when defending their young ones. “If magpies pose…

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