News and media statements

All Parks and Wildlife Service news items and media statements produced after mid-August 2019 are available on the new departmental website .

Media statements archive

Media statements archive

(This website contains news items and media statements produced prior to August 2019 only.)

Croc sighted at Pelican Point, Carnarvon

Croc sighted at Pelican Point, Carnarvon

The Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) is advising people within the vicinity of Pelican Point to be cautious following the reported sighting of an estuarine crocodile swimming in the waters of the Carnarvon Fascine. DPaW Geraldton District Manager David Rose said although it was very unusual for an estuarine crocodile to be this far south, it was possible and he urged residents and tourists to be extra careful when near the area in the next few days. The crocodile was sighted yesterday by a local kite surfer about 100 metres from mangroves near Pelican Point, a popular recreation area. "DPaW is working with local police, the Shire of Carnarvon and the Department of Fisheries to try and locate the crocodile," he said. "We are…

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Grevillea brachystylis subsp. grandis with flowers and fruit

Recovery of critically endangered shrub through translocation

The future of a critically endangered local shrub is brighter following the success of a seed germination and translocation program coordinated by the Department of Parks and Wildlife. Grevillea brachystylis subsp. grandis, listed as threatened flora in 2002 due to severe habitat fragmentation, is found south-west of Busselton, with just 195 plants remaining in eight, small roadside populations. Parks and Wildlife's Busselton-based Blackwood district has led the recovery of the precious shrub by working closely with land managers, controlling weeds at the site and surveying suitable habitat for new populations.   Parks and Wildlife Conservation Officer Ben Lullfitz said more than 1000 seeds were collected from existing populations of Grevillea brachystylis subsp. grandis between 2009 and 2012. “A small number were germinated by the department's Threatened…

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Estuarine crocodile in the Kimberley

Croc sighted near Broome’s Town Beach

The Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) is reminding Broome residents and visitors to be aware of crocodiles following a sighting of an estuarine crocodile in the Town Beach area. DPaW Officer David Woods said the 3-4 metre crocodile was spotted by a member of the public on Sunday morning at the new jetty. Other sightings were recorded at Demco Beach before the crocodile settled near Town Beach at 2pm on Sunday. DPaW officers have confirmed the crocodile is large enough to be dangerous. “People need to be cautious and avoid the beach and waters in areas between Entrance Point and Dampier Creek, including Town Beach and Demco Beach,” Mr Woods said. “Parents and families should be extra vigilant in ensuring children and dogs are…

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Estuarine crocodile sighted on Fitzroy River

Estuarine crocodile sighted on Fitzroy River

The Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) is asking people in the Pandanus Park and Willare Roadhouse area to be aware of crocodiles, following the sighting of an estuarine crocodile at nearby Langes Crossing on the Fitzroy River. DPaW officer Bonnie Tregenza said a large crocodile was reported to be behaving aggressively at Langes Crossing, 70km south-west of Derby, on Thursday night (19 December). “The person who reported the croc is a long-term local resident and he estimated the size to be more than 4m,”Ms Tregenza said. “People need to be cautious and avoid river areas around Langes Crossing and downstream at Telegraph Pool. “DPaW Broome officers are installing crocodile warning signs at Langes Crossing and they are also speaking to people at the roadhouse…

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Get into nature during the summer school holidays

Get into nature during the summer school holidays

There is so much to see and do in Perth’s great outdoors during the summer school holidays! With a range of activities for children aged between 4-13 years, the Department of Parks and Wildlife’s (DPaW) Nearer to Nature school holiday program provides opportunities to enjoy and learn about the natural environment. Whether it is up in the Perth Hills, at Yanchep National Park; the Canning River or beaches at Marmion Marine Park and Woodman Point, each activity is run by an experienced guide and offers children hands-on fun learning experiences. Activities for the little ones include Lovely ladybeetles, Possum tails tale and Camouflage Capers among others. DPaW Nearer to Nature Program Coordinator Jill Francis said these types of activities for children 4-7 generally involved story-telling…

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