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Yanchep National Park senior ranger Mark Varley, park manager Alison Pritchard, DPaW regional leader Ewen MacGregor, marketing coordinator Jennifer Green, volunteer coordinator Ciara McIlduff, visitor services manager Julia Coggins, Tourism WA CEO Stephanie Buckland.

Yanchep National Park wins gold

The chance to explore caves, native bushland and fauna, walk trails and indigenous experience tours have helped Yanchep National Park, managed by the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW), take out gold in the Tourism Attraction category at the Western Australian Tourism Awards. The awards recognise outstanding customer service, innovation and ongoing business excellence in the Western Australian tourism industry. DPaW’s Yanchep National Park Manager, Alison Pritchard, said it had been an honour to accept the award on behalf of staff and volunteers. “We have an incredible team of passionate and committed people here at Yanchep and this gold medal acknowledges our achievements,” Ms Pritchard said. “Of course, this award would not be possible without the support of businesses that operate within the park, along…

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Smouldering peat at Tordit-Gurrup Lagoon

Bushfire will smoulder until next year

A bushfire that started after a lightning strike near Tordit-Gurrup Lagoon, 60km east of Manjimup, is likely to smoulder for many more months – until the next significant rain event. Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) incident controller Brian Moss said the fire was burning in peat in a remote area of Lake Muir Nature Reserve, which presented a number of challenges for fire crews. “This is a peat fire, which is a build-up of decaying plant matter that forms in wetlands, and because peat burns underground it is near impossible to extinguish,” he said. “The difficulties we’ve experienced in this case highlight the complexities of firefighting – it’s not just about grabbing a hose or dumping water from the air. “Our fire crews have created trenches…

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Tiger snake

Snakes on the move

As the weather heats up the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) is reminding people to be on high alert for snakes. DPaW wildlife officer Matthew Swan said snake encounters were on the rise as reptiles emerged from their winter hideouts. “Snakes are most active over the next few months and we expect the number of calls from concerned residents who encounter a snake will rise sharply,” he said. “When it comes to snakes, extra care should be taken when venturing outdoors particularly near swamps, lakes and bush land.” “Snakes will normally try to avoid humans, however, people still need to be aware and take precautions such as wearing long pants and enclosed shoes when walking along bush trails.” Mr Swan said most snake bites…

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Boater alert – new rubbish guidelines for Penguin Island

Boater alert – new rubbish guidelines for Penguin Island

Local boaters are being urged to adopt a new rubbish removal policy when visiting Penguin Island, to help keep wildlife safe from invasive pests. People accessing the island by private vessel can pick up a Keep Australia Beautiful disposable bag at the Rockingham Wild Encounters ferry office at Mersey Point and use it to store their rubbish until it can be placed in bins on the mainland. The Department of Parks and Wildlife’s (DPaW) Penguin Island manager, David Charles, said the new “take your rubbish with you” policy applied to all island visitors. “By asking people to take their rubbish home with them, we are removing a potential food source for destructive animals such as black rats,” Mr Charles said. “DPaW has recently conducted a…

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Closure of Purnululu National Park due to fire damage

Closure of Purnululu National Park due to fire damage

The Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW) advises that Purnululu National Park will remain closed following a recent bushfire. DPaW East Kimberley District Manager Luke Bentley said significant damage to visitor facilities, including important trail markers and toilets, meant that the park could not be reopened before the wet season closure, which occurs annually on 1 December. “This decision has been made in the interests of visitor safety and amenity,” Mr Bentley said. “We have started repairing damaged infrastructure in Purnululu, but this will take some time, so we’re going to keep the park closed for the time being. “Purnululu National Park is scheduled to reopen on 1 April 2014.” Mr Bentley said the fire, which burnt through 24,000 hectares of the park from 24…

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