Peter Foss

Peter Foss


    Opening of new CALM office complex in Albany

    7/06/1996 12:00 AM



    The Department of Conservation and Land Management’s South Coast region operations have become more efficient with the opening of a new office complex in Albany.


    CALM has relocated to the former Agriculture WA offices on Albany Highway, next to the Albany Primary School.


    The move has enabled the department to consolidate its operations in the town into the one site. Previously, they were based in three separate locations.


    Environment Minister Peter Foss officially opened the new offices today.


    The South Coast is one of nine administrative regions of CALM. It extends over 1,000 km along the southern coast from Denmark, through Albany and Esperance to the State border at Eucla. It also includes the Stirling Range, the Johnston Lakes area and the Southern Nullarbor.


    Mr Foss said this region had an exceptional wealth and variety of natural features.


    These included diverse landforms with most of the major mountain peaks of the South-West, key areas of species richness such as the Stirling Range, Fitzgerald River and Cape Arid national parks and a range of native fauna, with many threatened wheatbelt species near the southern limits of their range.


    The region supported three of the most threatened bird species in Western Australia - Noisy Scrub-bird, Western Bristlebird and Ground Parrot - and Australia s most threatened mammal, Gilbert s Potoroo, which was rediscovered (after being presumed extinct for 125 years) at Two Peoples Bay in 1994.


    Mr Foss said the region also had outstanding potential for the establishment of tree farms on previously cleared agricultural land, particularly around Albany and Esperance.


    The new regional office accommodated CALM regional staff who had responsibilities for the department s major roles and functions across the region, CALM Albany District operational staff, including national park rangers and wildlife officers and CALM s South Coast Share Farms business unit.


    It also housed the Albany Regional Herbarium.


    This comprised the collection of the Albany Branch of the WA Wildflower Society which was on permanent loan and part of the late Ken Newbey’s collection, which was donated by Mrs Brenda Newbey several years ago.


    Mr Foss said the new location for the CALM regional headquarters was ideal as it was readily accessible to local people and tourists and was within easy walking access from the town centre.


    The site also had good on-site parking, which was important, especially during emergencies such as major bushfires which usually were controlled from the operations room in the complex.


    People who wanted to contact the office should ring the new number, (098) 424 500.


    Media contacts: Ministerial: Peter Harris (09) 321 2222 or (09) 222 9595


    CALM: John Watson/Peter Fishwick (098) 424 500