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.)

A Bush Ranger cadet from Onslow abseiling at Karijini National Park.

State's most popular cadets program celebrates 20th anniversary

Youth-based conservation and education program, Bush Rangers WA, celebrates milestone. Bush Rangers has the highest participation of Aboriginal students, female students and students with disability of any Cadets WA program. Western Australia's biggest cadets program, Bush Rangers WA, has celebrated its 20th year. Attending the annual Bush Rangers conference today in Perth, Environment Minister Stephen Dawson commended the program that encourages secondary school students to develop practical nature conservation skills and contribute to their local community. Since its inception in 1998, the program has seen more than 18,500 young people take part, contributing 1.9 million volunteer hours to conservation and community projects. There are currently 67 cadet units around the State from Kununurra to Esperance, comprising of more than 3200 secondary school students. Students take…

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Jarrahdene campground

Plan ahead this Easter long weekend

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions is advising that all its 24 bookable campgrounds are fully booked for the Easter long weekend and there will be limited vacancies available at other campgrounds on a first-come, first-served basis. People planning to camp at non-bookable campgrounds over the Easter long weekend are advised to arrive as early as possible and have a back-up plan in case their preferred campground is full. Parks and Visitor Services Assistant Director Rod Annear said the Easter long weekend was always one of the busiest times of year for camping in Western Australia’s national parks and reserves. “In WA we have the ideal environment and climate for camping, and it is wonderful to see people valuing and appreciating our national parks,”…

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Fairy tern chick and egg. Photo: Christine Taylor/DBCA

Seabirds take a positive tern in Bunbury harbour

Fairy terns have had one of their most successful breeding seasons at Bunbury’s outer harbour, with up to 70 pairs recorded nesting there this year. Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) conservation projects officer Christine Taylor said the threatened seabirds migrated from the north-west coast each year looking for a feast of whitebait and a suitable beach to nest on.  “Fairy terns nest together in a colony, often on the bare beach, laying their eggs on the sand just metres from one another.  This makes them extremely vulnerable to disturbance from people, dogs and off-road vehicles,” she said. “Most years, up to several hundred birds head to the Leschenault Estuary, and while they have attempted to nest in several locations in the past, the…

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Consultation begins on visionary plan for Fitzroy River

Consultation begins on visionary plan for Fitzroy River

The McGowan Labor Government today reaffirmed its commitment to the Kimberley region by commencing community consultation to deliver a visionary plan for the Fitzroy River. The whole-of-Government approach will see the expansion of Fitzroy River National Park, and the development of a management plan of the Fitzroy catchment incorporating the water allocation plan to ensure the long-term health of the river and sustainable economic development. Traditional owners and representatives from Aboriginal groups, pastoralists, environmental organisations, government agencies and industry gathered today (March 9) at Fitzroy Crossing for a workshop hosted by Environment Minister Stephen Dawson, Regional Development and Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan, Water Minister Dave Kelly and Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt. The Fitzroy River catchment contains significant cultural, environmental and economic values…

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Google Trekker to visit WA's natural attractions

Google Trekker to visit WA's natural attractions

Western Australia's natural attractions will soon be able to be viewed at eye-level online with the use of Google's unique Street View Trekker. On loan to the State Government for six months, the Google Street View Trekker is a 14-kilogram camera backpack with 15 specially mounted lenses capable of recording stunning 360-degree panoramic and bird's-eye view footage.  It has travelled throughout the world from the Grand Canyon to the Great Barrier Reef, and is now in Western Australia. It is on loan to the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions which will use the camera to capture locations that can only be accessed on foot or by boat, including some stunning remote and hard to get to places. Initially the Trekker will be used to…

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