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Public encouraged to stay safe at Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park in the State’s south-west

Public encouraged to stay safe at Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park in the State’s south-west

The Department of Parks and Wildlife is advising visitors to refrain from rock fishing in Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park for their own personal safety as oceans conditions were hazardous due to a huge swell today.   Parks and Wildlife Ranger Peter Simmonds said the park was extremely popular over Easter with thousands visiting to bushwalk, picnic, swim, surf and enjoy the beach. “It is one of the park’s busiest times and we encourage people to be mindful of their own safety, especially today when the ocean swell is quite large,” he said.   “We have already had a few people who have had to be rescued after being washed off rocks today.”   Everyone visiting Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park during Easter is encouraged to enjoy…

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Public encouraged to stay safe at Wedge during Easter break

Public encouraged to stay safe at Wedge during Easter break

The Department of Parks and Wildlife is encouraging people to stay safe while enjoying the recreational values of Wedge, north of Perth during the Easter holiday break. Parks and Wildlife Director of Parks and Visitor Services Peter Sharp said Wedge was extremely popular with more than 6,000 visitors flocking to the area last Easter to camp, swim, surf and enjoy the beach. “As it is one of the area’s busiest times, we encourage visitors to be mindful of their safety, to act responsibly and be respectful to other visitors,” he said. “We remind shack lessees that they are only permitted to have one camping unit – for example, a single tent or caravan – alongside each shack. “Camping in other areas of the reserve is…

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Kangaroo with broken arrow in right leg

Kangaroos shot with arrows – call for public assistance

The Department of Parks and Wildlife is asking for public information to help identify the people responsible for shooting two kangaroos with arrows in separate Perth incidents last week. An adult kangaroo died at Yanchep National Park after being shot with a bow and arrow and then run over with a motorcycle. In another incident, an adult male kangaroo shot in the ankle at Melville Glades Golf Club was tranquillised by wildlife officers and taken to Perth Zoo to have the arrow surgically removed. Senior wildlife officer Rick Dawson said community members with information about the shootings were urged to call the department’s Wildcare Helpline. “Firing arrows into defenceless native animals is cruel and unacceptable behaviour,” Mr Dawson said. “The department is investigating both incidents…

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Campgrounds filling up for Easter

Campgrounds filling up for Easter

The Department of Parks and Wildlife is advising people planning on camping in national parks and reserves over the Easter long weekend to check availability before they go. Many campgrounds in parks and reserves in the South West, Warren and Swan regions are fully occupied ahead of the Easter long weekend, with limited availability at some sites on a first-come, first-served basis. Swan Region Most campgrounds in Lane Poole Reserve are full.  Walyunga National Park camp site and Perth Hills Discovery Centre camp site in Beelu National Park are full. Martins Tank campground in Yalgorup National Park has limited availability and is expected to fill up by Good Friday. South West Region In Wellington National Park, Honeymoon Pool is expected to be full by Thursday. There…

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Burn protects Windjana Gorge National Park

Burn protects Windjana Gorge National Park

Parks and Wildlife staff have completed an important prescribed burn at Windjana Gorge National Park, just prior to the peak dry season visitor period. Broome-based Parks and Wildlife regional fire coordinator Ed Hatherley said the prescribed burn had reduced flammable grasses that had accumulated throughout the national park and broader Kimberley over the wet season. “This type of strategic burning will help provide protection for the park’s significant natural values and infrastructure,” Mr Hatherley said. “Burning the savanna grass in strategic locations such as at Windjana will help stem the spread of potentially damaging bushfires later in the year and play an important role in protecting visitors to the national park.” Windjana Gorge, with its spectacular 100m walls and the Lennard River running through it,…

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