Search Results

 

 

Donations from Containers for Change top the $2 million mark3419Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Climate Action; Commerce 7880html27/07/2021 6:55:53 AM2021-07-27T06:45:00Z More than $2 million raised for community groups through Containers for Change More than 627 million containers returned State-wide since launch Western Australians have raised more than $2 million for thousands of local community groups by donating refunds from drink containers through the State's Containers for Change initiative, with more than 627 million containers returned State-wide since the launch.  Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson made the announcement while visiting Return-It in Geraldton, which has received the most containers of any refund point outside of the Perth metropolitan area and the third highest amount overall in the State. Total donations in the Mid-West now exceed $116,000, with more than $68,500 going to community groups and more than $48,000 to local charities. These include schools, the School of the Air, sporting clubs and the local Rotary Club. Containers for Change was launched on October 1, 2020 and encourages Western Australians to return eligible drink containers for a 10-cent refund. More than 627 million containers have been returned State-wide since the launch.  Donations can be made to any organisation fundraising through Containers for Change by using the groups scheme ID.  A list of charities and community groups fundraising through Containers for Change can be found at http//www.containersforchange.com.au/wa/fundraising More information about the scheme can be found at http//www.containersforchange.com.au/wa Comments attributed to Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "Two million dollars in donations is a fantastic achievement for the people of Western Australia. We have done it 10 cents at a time, which just shows that every returned container counts. "I'd like to thank the Geraldton community for embracing Containers for Change. Thanks to your generosity, 28 local charities and community groups have received much-needed funding. "Containers for Change results in an increased recycling rate in Western Australia, diverting tonnes of recyclable material from landfill." Minister's office - 6552 5900
WasteSorted grants open3230Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Climate Action; Commerce 13770html26/07/2021 2:00:57 AM2021-07-26T02:00:00Z $1.15 million in grants available for infrastructure and educational programs to reduce waste and increase material recovery Funding builds on $6 million provided through the program since 2017 Organisations can now apply for their share of more than $1.15 million to help reduce waste and increase material recovery as part of the WasteSorted grant program. Administered by the Waste Authority, the grants have provided more than $6 million for waste management initiatives in Western Australia since 2017. Applications are assessed on a competitive basis and businesses, charitable recycling organisations, local governments, regional councils, peak industry bodies, not-for-profit organisations, and research and educational institutions are encouraged to apply. Grants of up to $250,000 per project are available for infrastructure development and up to $50,000 per project for waste avoidance and resource recovery education programs. Infrastructure funding in 2021-22 will prioritise projects that improve organics recycling, and construction and demolition waste recovery. Funding for waste avoidance and resource recovery education will focus on materials including food and garden organics, construction and demolition waste, glass, metals, paper and cardboard, plastics, textiles and non-household hazardous waste. Previous grants include $245,000 for WA Recycling to fund separation equipment that recovers civil, construction and demolition materials; $250,000 to Southern Metropolitan Regional Council for a food and garden organics shredder; and $49,756 to the Western Australian Local Government Association to develop guidelines and pilot better practice materials recovery in multiple unit dwellings. A webinar on how to apply for a WasteSorted grant will be held at 1030am on August 13, 2021. For more information on the WasteSorted grants, the webinar, or to apply for funding, visit the WasteSorted Grants webpage, email wsg@dwer.wa.gov.au or phone 6364 6945. Applications close at noon on Monday, September 13, 2021. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "The McGowan Government has committed to ensuring at least 75 per cent of waste generated in Western Australia is reused or recycled by 2030. "WasteSorted grants back programs that improve the way Western Australia manages waste and supports our goal of becoming a sustainable, low-waste circular economy. "I encourage community, business and local government groups to take advantage of this funding opportunity and get involved in improving avoidance, recovery and reuse of waste in WA." Minister's office - 6552 5900
Containers for Change checks out at the checkout3227Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Climate Action; Commerce 14950html26/07/2021 1:20:33 AM2021-07-26T01:00:00Z Independent economic regulator confirms Containers for Change is having minimal impact on Western Australians' hip pockets Drink prices increasing by less than it costs suppliers to participate Popular scheme records better return rate than NSWWestern Australians are getting behind the Containers for Change program in droves and it is not costing unreasonably more at the checkout, price monitoring has confirmed. The Economic Regulation Authority (ERA) has today released its draft report into the impact on drink prices, finding prices increased by less than it cost suppliers to participate in the Containers for Change scheme. Containers for Change launched on 1 October 2020 and in the first six months the ERA estimates that resulting retail price increases were as follows 10.5 cents per container for non-alcoholic beverages in metropolitan markets 7.6 cents per container for alcoholic beverages in metropolitan marketsThe independent economic regulator said regional prices increased by a similar amount, taking into account fluctuations due to a smaller data set. Reinforcing the success of the scheme, the report also shows WA's return rate in the March 2021 quarter was bigger than that achieved by NSW during their scheme's first year of operation. The ERA will continue monitoring prices for the rest of the scheme's first year and will then make a recommendation to government about whether monitoring needs to continue. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "The ERA's report confirms beverage companies are doing the right thing and have not unreasonably raised drink prices because of the container deposit scheme. "This is welcome news and I thank the industry for their participation in Containers for Change. "The report also once again shows just how well the Western Australian community has embraced the scheme, with a return rate in the March 2021 quarter that was bigger than that achieved by NSW during their scheme's first year of operation. "This is an achievement to be celebrated and one West Australians can be proud of." Minister's office - 6552 5900
WA firefighters head to Canada to help battle wildfire disaster3226Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Emergency Services; Racing and Gaming; Small Business 31990html26/07/2021 1:17:53 AM2021-07-25T22:00:00Z 17 firefighters from across Western Australia will travel to Canada to assist with wildfire emergency The taskforce will be deployed for a total of seven weeks The firefighters bring a range of skills to help battle the challenging fire frontA special taskforce of Western Australian firefighters will travel to Canada to help relieve exhausted crews battling the country's worst wildfires in recent years. The 17 men and women - from as far as the Kimberley and Great Southern - travelled to Perth over the weekend to undertake final physical and medical examinations ahead of their trip. They will be deployed to some of the hardest hit areas in Canada, including Ontario and British Columbia, where a State of Emergency was declared last week. The taskforce is made up of eight volunteer firefighters, three Department of Fire and Emergency Services personnel and six Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Parks and Wildlife Service staff members. They are due to depart for Sydney later today where they will be met by New South Wales Rural Fire Service personnel who will also be travelling to assist in Canada. The firefighters bring a range of skills to help battle the challenging fire front - including acting as incident controllers, divisional commanders, fire behaviour analysts, taskforce leaders, operations and planning officers and aerial firefighting specialists. They join firefighters from Mexico and the United States of America assisting with the frontline response across Canada. The seven-week deployment includes two weeks in quarantine when the group arrive back in Australia. Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Reece Whitby "Having experienced our own bushfire emergency in Wooroloo earlier this year, the scale of the devastation caused by the wildfires in Canada is terrible to see, and we want to provide whatever support we can. "I'm proud that we are able to deploy a taskforce of skilled volunteer firefighters and emergency services personnel to help the Canadian communities during their time of need. "Australia has benefited from the generosity of Canadian firefighters in recent years and this dedicated group is helping to return that favour by assisting fellow firefighters to protect communities. "Our best wishes go to this taskforce and I know their skills will be a great help to Canadian authorities as they battle this wildfire emergency." Comments attributed to Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "Western Australians know only too well the devastating toll out-of-control bushfires can have on communities. "That's why we always stand ready to help others in need and are committed to providing support overseas during wildfires. "These dedicated Western Australian firefighters are equipped with the skills and knowledge to lend a hand and will assist in relieving exhausted crews on the ground in some of the hardest hit areas. "I am very proud that we are able to help Canada's emergency services in what has been a challenging bushfire season for them and extend my sincere thanks to the taskforce." Emergency Services Minister's office - 6552 6300 Environment Minister's office - 6552 5900
Plan for vast Wheatbelt Region3033Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Climate Action; Commerce A copy of the plan is 19520html20/07/2021 4:11:44 AM2021-07-20T04:00:00Z The Wheatbelt Region Parks and Reserves Management Plan 2021 has been gazetted and released by the McGowan Government The region features unique natural, cultural heritage and community valuesA 10-year management plan for the Wheatbelt's parks and reserves has been released by the McGowan Government. The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions prepared the final plan on behalf of the Conservation and Parks Commission, in accordance with the Conservation and Land Management Act 1984. The final plan incorporates changes made following community consultation, including formal submissions made during the two-month public comment period in 2019. The plan covers specific parks and reserves located across 48 local government authorities totalling more than 1,118,168 hectares, from Dalwallinu in the north to Cranbrook in the south, and from Victoria Plains in the west to Yilgarn and the State Barrier Fence in the east. The plan protects a high number of species of conservation significance as well as Lake Bryde and Toolibin Lake threatened ecological communities, the latter of which is also a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention. Areas of outstanding value include Dryandra Woodland, the Wongan Hills Complex, reserves containing eucalyptus woodlands, spectacular granite outcrops and significant Aboriginal sites. A copy of the plan is available at http//www.dbca.wa.gov.au/managementplans Comments attributed to Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "The vast Wheatbelt Region accounts for six percent of Western Australia and features unique natural, cultural heritage and community values. "The plan will help to ensure Wheatbelt parks and reserves are conserved and enhanced for generations to come." Minister's office - 6552 5900
Western Australia leads the nation on plastics reform2725Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Climate Action; Commerce 34170html6/07/2021 3:51:04 AM2021-07-06T03:45:00Z WA secures top spot on WWF-Australia's plastics scorecard The fast-tracking of the Plan for Plastics cements the State's record as environmental leader Western Australia has claimed first place in WWF-Australia's plastics scorecard thanks to the fast-tracking of the Plan for Plastics. Released today, WWF-Australia's 2021 scorecard for Plastic Free July names WA as the best in the nation for single-use plastic reform. The Plan for Plastics has been fast-tracked by the McGowan Government by four years and will see single-use plastics including bowls, plates, cutlery, straws and polystyrene food containers banned by December 2021. The second stage of the plan, which starts in December 2022, will see further single-use plastic products phased out, including takeaway coffee cups and lids. WWF-Australia has today praised the State Government for becoming the first jurisdiction in the country to take action on coffee cups. Fast-tracking the Plan for Plastics will save hundreds of millions of single-use plastic items from becoming litter or landfill. Comments attributed to Environment and Climate Action Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "It is fantastic to see Western Australia being recognised for its nation-leading action on plastics. "Single-use plastics are a scourge on our environment and our native wildlife and we all have a role to play in reducing our use this Plastic Free July. "Our fast-tracked plan will prevent millions of tonnes of plastics ending up as litter and in our oceans. "Thank you to WWF-Australia and Kate Noble for this honour which confirms Western Australia is number one in the country for tackling plastic pollution." Minister's office - 6552 5900
Western Australia's first Regional Climate Alliances revealed2712Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Climate Action; Commerce 34860html5/07/2021 1:06:42 AM2021-07-05T01:00:00Z WA's first Regional Climate Alliances announced by the McGowan Government Two alliances chosen from eight applications spanning 51 local governments The $500,000 initiative helps regional councils join forces to address climate change Two partnerships representing 13 local governments combined have been selected as Western Australia's first Regional Climate Alliances. The $500,000 Regional Climate Alliance pilot program is part of the Western Australian Climate Policy, and encourages regional local governments to work together to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The pilot received eight applications, collectively representing a total of 51 regional local governments across the State. The successful applicants impressed the judges by strongly demonstrating their ability to address climate action on a regional scale. They are South Coast Alliance (SCA) - including the City of Albany, and the shires of Denmark, Jerramungup and Plantagenet; and Goldfields Voluntary Regional Organisation of Councils (GVROC) - including the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, and the shires of Coolgardie, Dundas, Esperance, Laverton, Leonora, Menzies, Ngaanyatjarraku and Wiluna. The SCA, which accounts for about 83 per cent of the Great Southern population, will undertake projects that reduce emissions from fleet vehicles and waste, and improve bushfire preparedness and management. The GVROC is an established partnership between local governments in the Goldfields region and will progress projects that reduce the increased risk of bushfires, mitigate the impacts of drought and improve the uptake of renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions. The Regional Climate Alliance program is overseen by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation and Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries in partnership with the Western Australian Local Government Association. More information can be found at http//www.walga.asn.au by searching Regional Climate Alliances. Comments attributed to Environment and Climate Action Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "Congratulations to Western Australia's first Regional Climate Alliances - the South Coast Alliance and the Goldfields Voluntary Regional Organisation of Councils. "The Regional Climate Alliance program empowers local governments to band together to achieve important environmental innovations that would not otherwise be possible. "I look forward to seeing the difference these alliances make to tackling climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in their local communities." Comments attributed to Local Government Minister John Carey "The strong response to this initiative demonstrates how concerned local governments are about the effects of climate change in their regions and how they are trying to find solutions. "The submissions received were very strong and it's fantastic to see the willingness of local governments to collaborate to achieve successful climate action to benefit their communities. "I am a big advocate for local governments working together and sharing resources to achieve better outcomes, and drive greater consistency for local business and community. "I commend all the local governments that applied, and encourage them to keep up the good work and to continue to think strategically about responding to climate change impacts in their regions." Environment and Climate Action Minister's office - 6552 5900 Local Government Minister's office - 6552 5300
Celebrating a decade of World Heritage at Ningaloo2385Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Climate Action; Commerce 23340html24/06/2021 2:09:11 AM2021-06-24T02:05:00Z Ten-year anniversary of the World Heritage listing of the Ningaloo Coast A special home to an array of wildlife and a popular tourism destination Today marks the 10-year anniversary of the World Heritage listing of the spectacular Ningaloo Coast, an area much-loved by Western Australians. The 604,500 hectare, marine and terrestrial area near Exmouth is home to a diverse range of wildlife and one of the world's longest near-shore reefs. The Ningaloo Coast's World Heritage listing was officially announced on June 24, 2011, with its submission to UNESCO highlighting its natural beauty, significant geomorphic features and its biological diversity. The Ningaloo Reef is home to more than 500 species of fish and threatened marine life including whale sharks, manta rays, turtles and dugongs. Tourists flock to the region every year to admire this beautiful part of the world through an array of activities such as camping, snorkelling and hiking. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "It's wonderful to celebrate such a milestone for this special part of our State. "The Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area is well-known for its abundant marine life and rich cultural history. "The McGowan Government is supporting the protection of this beautiful region, with nearly 50,000 hectares of new reserve added to the national park, as part of the Plan for Our Parks initiative. "The Ningaloo Coast is a tourism drawcard, seeing thousands of tourists flock to the region every year, which generates local jobs, contributing to the economy." Minister's office - 6552 5900
Roads to Reuse initiative paves way to success2382Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Climate Action; Commerce 40720html24/06/2021 1:17:24 AM2021-06-24T00:45:00Z Recycled construction and demolition product major success in freeway widening project Material from demolition of Princess Margaret Hospital to be recycled as road base McGowan Government initiative diverts construction and demolition waste from landfill Waste avoidance and recycling plans for future major demolition projects The McGowan Government's pilot Roads to Reuse project, which uses recycled construction and demolition (C&D) material as road base, has been a resounding success and will now be expanded to use construction material from the former Princess Margaret Hospital site. The Roads to Reuse pilot used more than 25,000 tonnes of recycled C&D material as part of the Kwinana Freeway Northbound Widening Project from Russell Road to Roe Highway. A further 7,000 tonnes of material was used in the Murdoch Drive Connection project. A new report found the project demonstrated a range of economic and environmental benefits The Roads to Reuse product specification - which protects health and the environment - is practical for industry, while its rigorous criteria, systems, processes, and independent oversight provided environmental assurance and transparency for purchasers; The material was consistently high quality and users of Roads to Reuse products have increased confidence in its reliability; Using the product resulted in engineering benefits, including water saving, increased durability over raw material, and lifecycle cost reductions. The program will now be expanded to include the use of demolition and construction material from the former Princess Margaret Hospital site. Six buildings have now been demolished on the site with six to go. It is estimated more than 80,000 tonnes of non-hazardous material will be recycled from the demolition site - this is equivalent in size to two Subiaco Ovals. The road base used in the pilot project was re-purposed material from the demolition of the iconic Subiaco Oval grandstands. As part of the expansion of the program, the State Government will roll out additional actions to help avoid waste and meet recovery targets. For example, DevelopmentWA has committed to ensuring all projects with demolition works over $1 million and development projects over $5 million will be required to produce a waste management plan targeting a minimum 75 per cent waste avoidance and resource recovery. The findings of the Roads to Reuse pilot are available on the Waste Authority website. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "Construction and demolition waste makes up about half of WA's waste stream and represents about half of material recovered for recycling. "We are working hard to increase the recovery of C&D to meet the State's target to recover 75 per cent of materials by 2030. "Roads to Reuse is an exciting example of how collaboration across industry and government can foster a circular economy that provides cost savings and benefits while protecting the environment. "Since 2019, 62,000 tonnes of Roads to Reuse materials have been used in Western Australian roads." Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "We have an unprecedented amount of major infrastructure projects underway across Western Australia, creating local jobs and supporting the economy. "It's important we look at ways to recycle and re-use construction material and I'm proud to say we are leading the nation in this unique approach to road building. "The Roads to Reuse pilot program, which used demolition material from the former Subiaco Oval grandstands on the Kwinana Freeway Northbound Widening Project, was a resounding success and I'm looking forward to it being rolled out further." Environment Minister's office - 6552 5900 Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500
WA public invited to have their say on native forests2332Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Climate Action; Commerce 61090html22/06/2021 5:50:39 AM2021-06-22T05:50:00Z McGowan Government launches community survey on native forests subject to Forest Management Plan The public and industry are invited to have their say on the future of Western Australia's South-West native forests Survey part of the McGowan Government's commitment to consultation on the future management of this highly valued natural resource Western Australians have the opportunity to provide their views on the value and use of the State's South-West native forests by participating in a survey launched today by Environment and Climate Action Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson. The McGowan Government wants to hear from the public and industry, via this preliminary consultation survey, ahead of the formal process for the development of the next Forest Management Plan (FMP) 2024-33. A new management plan for the State's South-West native forests is required every 10 years under the Conservation and Land Management Act 1984. The current FMP, which was implemented by the previous Liberal National Government, is due to expire in 2023. Before the process of drafting the new FMP begins, all interested Western Australians are invited to have their say about WA's native forests by participating in a survey developed by the Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute. The survey is now open and will close at 5pm on Sunday, August 1, 2021. The public can access the survey and provide feedback at https//wabsi.mysocialpinpoint.com.au/wa-forests This preliminary consultation does not replace the formal consultation process that will take place during the drafting of the new FMP. The survey is part of the McGowan Government's commitment to ongoing consultation with all interested parties throughout the FMP drafting process. Comments attributed to Environment and Climate Action Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "WA's native forests are an important natural asset, highly valued by all Western Australians and play a vital ecological and economic role for the State. "The Forest Management Plan is crucial to the protection and management of our South-West forests into the future. "With the ever increasing impacts of climate change on our native forests, and given the high level of community interest in their use, now is the time to start seeking the public's input into the future plan. "That's why I want as many Western Australians as possible to share their views on our State's native forests before the formal FMP drafting process begins." Minister's office - 6552 5900
Humpback whale swim tour season starts along Ningaloo Coast2313Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Climate Action; Commerce 23290html18/06/2021 2:19:59 AM2021-06-18T02:05:00Z Humpback whales have begun arriving in northern waters Western Australians encouraged to 'Wander out Yonder' and contribute to the recovery of licensed tour operatorsHumpback whales have been spotted along the spectacular Ningaloo Coast, with Western Australians encouraged to support tour operators amid the COVID-19 pandemic. With the humpback whale swim tour season starting soon, visitors to the Ningaloo Coast have the opportunity to swim with these magnificent creatures in their natural environment. Humpback whales generally migrate through Exmouth and Coral Bay between July and October, and Western Australians can interact with them through licensed in-water tours. Each year approximately 40,000 humpback whales migrate along the coast of Western Australia. Visitors would also get the chance to spot other marine life along the Ningaloo Coast, including whale sharks, marine turtles, dolphins, dugong, rays and sharks. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "Humpback whales have already been spotted along the stunning World Heritage listed Ningaloo Coast. "Swimming with these incredible animals is a bucket list experience and the only place in Western Australia this can be done is with a licensed operator on the Ningaloo Coast. "Now is the perfect time to 'Wander out Yonder' and support tourism businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic." Minister's office - 6552 5900
Calibre Ventures appointed to monitor Murujuga rock art2293Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Climate Action; Commerce "I am proud that WA is 26940html15/06/2021 1:05:15 AM2021-06-15T01:00:00Z New contract to continue the Murujuga Rock Art Monitoring Program The arrangement ensures no delay to the commencement of monitoring studies The McGowan Government is committed to the program and to ensuring it is completed to the highest standardsThe monitoring of one of the most significant collections of rock art in the world remains on track, with the appointment of Calibre Ventures Pty Ltd to oversee the development and implementation of the Murujuga Rock Art Monitoring Program. Calibre will partner with technical experts from Curtin University, Art Care and ChemCentre to deliver a world-leading scientifically rigorous approach to monitoring, analysis and managing the rock art. These organisations were involved under the previous contract and are well positioned to ensure a smooth transition under the new arrangement. The State Government continues to work in partnership with the Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation (MAC) to oversee the monitoring program and engage with key stakeholders on the path toward achieving UNESCO World Heritage List status for Murujuga National Park. The change in contractors will not affect the progress of MAC's application for the World Heritage List or the timeframe for commencement of monitoring studies. The partnership with Calibre supports the role of MAC in guiding the cultural aspects of the monitoring work and engagement with traditional owners and custodians. MAC rangers will work alongside the Art Care and Curtin teams and receive training to help MAC achieve its goal of taking responsibility for the monitoring program in the long term. Murujuga is the traditional Aboriginal name for the Burrup Peninsula, Dampier Archipelago and its surrounds, and is home to one of the largest and most diverse collections of Aboriginal rock art, or petroglyphs, in the world. The petroglyphs are of immense cultural significance and historical value.   Murujuga also hosts export industries critical to the Western Australian and national economies. The monitoring program builds on work over the past 15 years to determine whether the Murujuga rock art is being subject to accelerated change from the impacts of industry and shipping emissions. The majority of funding for the monitoring program is being provided by industry. The State Government acknowledges the significant contribution made by Woodside, Rio Tinto and Yara Pilbara in their ongoing commitment to the program. The State Government has committed funding for a panel of independent peer reviewers of national and international reputation to review elements of the monitoring program and provide assurance that the best scientific information is made available to guide management actions. The monitoring program is part of a suite of measures by the McGowan Government for the Murujuga National Park, including the $1.3 million Ngajarli Trail and $1 million per year for the joint management and protection of the park and the Dampier Archipelago. The State Government has also committed a further $15 million toward national park access road improvements and additional visitor facilities at Conzinc Bay to complement MAC's planned Living Knowledge Centre and tourism precinct. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "The McGowan Government is committed to the Murujuga rock art monitoring program and ensuring it is completed to the highest standards. "I am proud that WA is home to the oldest living culture in the world. I am also acutely aware of our shared responsibility to safeguard and protect it. "The monitoring program will be guided and informed by the cultural law, knowledge and practices of the Circle of Elders, traditional owners and custodians of Murujuga and as part of the program, Murujuga rangers will be trained by leading experts to monitor the rock art in the field. "This globally unique monitoring program will support the rock art's co-existence with export industries on the Burrup Peninsula, which are critical to the State and national economy." Comments attributed to Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation CEO Peter Jeffries "Our rock art represents an irreplaceable link to Aboriginal culture, history and stories dating back thousands of years and we recognise the need for thorough and wide-ranging scientific analysis of the impact of industry on the rock art to ensure it survives for future generations. "MAC's priority is to protect Murujuga's ancient rock art, heritage and culture, and MAC supports necessary actions to ensure that the program delivers this. "A change in contractors delivering the Murujuga Rock Art Monitoring Program will in no way affect the progress of MAC's application for World Heritage List of Murujuga National Park. "MAC has been satisfied with the quality of the science in developing the conceptual model and monitoring studies plan - we now look forward to executing the plan." Comment attributed to Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel "It gives me immense pride to know that my electorate is home to one of the world's most significant and important rock art collections in the world and the McGowan Government is committed to its ongoing protection." Minister's office - 6552 5900
Western Australia’s plan to ban single-use plastics fast-tracked2285Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA The new timeframe will see Western 86080html13/06/2021 4:10:14 AM2021-06-13T04:00:00Z Western Australia's Plan for Plastics fast-tracked by four years Single-use plastic coffee cups and lids now included in the plan and to be phased out by the end of 2022 Survey finds 98 per cent of Western Australians support action on single-use plastics Education and behaviour change programs to be implemented to support hospitality, retail and wholesale sectors The McGowan Labor Government has fast-tracked its Plan for Plastics by four years with single-use plastic bowls, cups, plates, cutlery, stirrers, straws, polystyrene food containers, thick plastic bags and helium balloon releases to be phased out by the end of the year. The new timeframe will see Western Australia's Plan for Plastics fully implemented by the end of 2022, four years earlier than originally planned. Last year, WA was rated the leading jurisdiction in Australia for action on single-use plastics by the WWF Australia. The new timeframes will mean that WA remains a leader in this space. Western Australia's Plan for Plastics provides a roadmap towards a more sustainable, plastic-free WA by implementing regulations to ban items in a two-stage approach. Stage One - now to be completed by December 31, 2021 - includes plastic plates, bowls, cups, cutlery, stirrers, straws, thick plastic bags, polystyrene food containers, and helium balloon releases; and Stage Two - now to be completed by the end of 2022 - includes plastic barrier/produce bags, cotton buds with plastic shafts, polystyrene packaging, microbeads and oxo-degradable plastics. Takeaway coffee cups and lids with single-use plastic materials have also been added to the Plan for Plastics and will be phased out in stage two. Consumers and businesses will be able to use alternative environmentally friendly takeaway cups and lids. Education and support for businesses will be the focus of the first six months after each stage, rather than compliance. The Plastic Free Places Program will help community organisations and businesses to adapt to become single-use plastic free. People that require single-use plastic items to maintain their quality of life, such as those in the disability, aged care and health sectors, will be ensured a continued supply. Western Australians showed strong support for the Plan for Plastics, with more than 98 per cent of those surveyed saying they supported further action on single-use plastics. The fast-tracked single-use plastic bans will build on the lightweight plastic bag ban in 2018 and the Containers for Change container deposit scheme, which has seen 358 million beverage containers recycled and more than $1.46 million donated to charities and community groups since October 2020. More information about Western Australia's Plan for Plastics can be found at https//www.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "The Western Australian Plan for Plastics sets our State on a path to becoming a plastic-free leader in Australia. "Single-use plastics have a terrible impact on our environment, wildlife, public health and recycling efforts, and the vast majority of Western Australians have told us that they want this to stop. "By bringing the timeframes forward for single-use plastic bags we can harness the community's enthusiasm and our collective desire for change to make important improvements quickly and effectively. "The new timeframe still gives businesses time to adapt to these changes, with many businesses already switching to environmentally friendly alternatives at the request of customers. "By choosing to refuse single-use plastics we can continue to set the benchmark and, most importantly, protect our environment for future generations." Comments attributed to Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "The new timeline for the WA Plan for Plastics demonstrates the State Government's strong commitment to reducing the impact of plastic use and plastic litter on our environment. "The plastic bag ban has been embraced by retailers and the community; this is the next step of the journey to reduce landfill and ensure a healthy environment. "For most of us, this will only involve making small changes to our behaviour by adopting alternatives to single-use plastics and choosing to reuse. "For retailers, hospitality businesses and community groups, the State Government will support you in this transition through education programs and the Plastic Free Places Program. "Some people require single-use plastic items to maintain their quality of life and we have formed a Plastic Straws Working Group to consult with the disability, health and aged care sectors to ensure continued supply to those who need them." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Environment Minister's office - 6552 5900
Ground-breaking translocation of WA’s rarest bird2279Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Climate Action; Commerce 35150html11/06/2021 5:35:31 AM2021-06-11T05:30:00Z First wild-to-wild translocations of the Western Ground Parrot Important step in conservation of critically endangered birdIn an effort to boost numbers of the Western Ground Parrot, a critically endangered bird now only found in areas near Esperance, scientists and volunteers have taken the bold step in translocating a number of birds with the hopes of establishing a new mainland population. Staff from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA), supported by Friends of the Western Ground Parrot, Birdlife WA and other volunteers, have spent weeks in a remote national park working on the project. The delicate operation involved locating and capturing the birds, with a vet and zoologist from Perth Zoo on-site to assess the birds in preparation for travel. Several birds have already been transported in specifically designed cages, fitted with monitoring devices and released at a remote location east of Albany. This new location has been prepared over the past year and a half, including feral animal control and fire management carried out by DBCA staff. This is in addition to climate modelling and assessment of a range of potential release sites to ensure the best possible chance of success. The Western Ground Parrot is WA's rarest bird, with less than 150 remaining in the wild. While there are risks associated with translocation, it is necessary to protect the remaining population, with a view to establishing a new self-sustaining population. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "I congratulate DBCA, volunteers including the Friends of the Western Ground Parrot, Birdlife WA and other partner organisations in their work in helping protect the Western Ground Parrot." "With less than 150 birds left in the wild, this translocation is an important component of the ongoing conservation efforts for the species. "I remain hopeful this translocation will be a success and we will see a new viable wild population of Western Ground Parrot that will support the conservation of this species." Minister's office - 6552 5900
Strong emissions reduction targets approved for next stage of Pluto LNG2250Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Climate Action; Commerce 27460html8/06/2021 12:01:36 AM2021-06-07T22:00:00Z Pluto LNG project now subject to a 30 per cent emissions reduction target by 2030 and targeting net-zero emissions by 2050 New Greenhouse Gas Abatement Program applies to entire project, including existing Train 1 and proposed Train 2 Decision made following expert, independent advice from the Environmental Protection Authority The Minister has now requested the EPA review Woodside's Ministerial Statement to reflect the revised program, ensuring strengthened compliance with the new targetsEnvironment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson has approved Pluto LNG's new Greenhouse Gas Abatement Program (GGAP), significantly reducing the project's projected carbon impact and providing another step towards the development of a second train at the facility. The decision has been made following expert, independent advice from the Environmental Protection Authority. Approvals for the construction and operation of two trains at the Pluto LNG project were granted in December 2007. The enhanced GGAP includes interim and long-term targets to achieve a 30 per cent emissions reduction from approved levels by 2030 and net-zero by 2050 across the entire project; measures to support achievement of long-term targets; a requirement to offset any shortfall in meeting the interim targets, including details of how these offsets will meet contemporary standards; and additional reporting requirements.These new requirements apply to the entire Pluto LNG project - representing a significant reduction in emissions for both the existing Train 1 and new Train 2 from levels approved in 2007. The new GGAP outlines the efficiency measures to achieve a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of approximately 1.2 million tonnes per annum less than the original approval by 2030 for a two-train facility. With the new GGAP now in place, the Minister has asked the Environmental Protection Authority to inquire into and report on the greenhouse gas emissions condition in the project's Ministerial Statement. This work aims to contemporise the conditions under which the project operates to reflect the enhanced GGAP, ensuring strengthened compliance with the new emissions targets. The new GGAP aligns the Pluto LNG project with the McGowan Government's commitment to net-zero emissions by 2050. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "The enhanced Greenhouse Gas Abatement Program brings the Pluto LNG development's emissions reduction targets in line with the McGowan Government's Greenhouse Gas Emissions Policy for Major Projects. "This is a significant advance in management of greenhouse gas emissions for this important project, committing both the existing and new trains to reduce emissions by 30 per cent by 2030 and set a clear trajectory towards achieving net-zero by 2050. "I have asked the EPA to inquire into updating the Ministerial Statement under which the project operates to ensure these new targets are enforceable and subject to transparent reporting measures." Minister's office - 6552 5900
Upgrades to Canal Rocks boat ramp complete1376Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Climate Action; Commerce 17410html29/05/2021 1:41:03 AM2021-05-28T23:00:00Z Boat ramp and jetty now open to the public The ramp provides access to the Ngari Capes Marine Park, located in the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, four kilometres south of YallingupLocal fishermen, divers and tourism operators can now benefit from a new boat ramp and jetty at Canal Rocks, near Yallingup, after the McGowan Government today announced that the popular site is open to the public. The $1.6 million project included the removal of the old boat ramp, with the construction of a new boat ramp and jetty providing a safer alignment for the launching and retrieving of vessels within the Ngari Capes Marine Park in Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park. The construction of the boat ramp and jetty was supported by the Department of Transport with $750,000 awarded through the Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme grant, with additional funding from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA). Traditional owners were engaged during the design and construction phases of this project, ensuring cultural and heritage protection for the site. Perth-based company Advanteering Civil Engineers was awarded the tender in October 2020 for the construction of the new boat ramp and jetty, which is wheelchair accessible. Local Bunbury group, WML Engineering Consultants was engaged to undertake and provide engineering solutions to this complex site which is subject to large swells and associated surges within the boat ramp area. Additional funding was provided by DBCA to increase car parking facilities at the site and to reseal and re-mark the deteriorated car park surface. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "Canal Rocks is an important facility for both recreational users and tourism operators and these upgrades allow people to enjoy the site with greater safety. "It's wonderful to see Western Australian businesses carrying out these important works, which contributed to generating local jobs and boosted the local economy. "These upgrades address safety concerns previously raised by emergency services and other users of the old facility." Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "Our Government is committed to providing safe and reliable infrastructure for Western Australia's boating community through the Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme. "Given the popularity of the Canal Rocks site with locals and tourists alike, I'm pleased we have been able to support the construction of a new boat ramp and jetty. "These upgrades will allow for safer landings and departures, and provide the local Volunteer Marine Rescue with a safer option to carry out rescues in an isolated area." Environment Minister's office - 6552 5900 Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500
First major health check for Perth Zoo’s African Painted Puppies1359Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Climate Action; Commerce 14140html28/05/2021 1:11:47 AM2021-05-28T01:00:00Z Perth Zoo recently welcomed six endangered African Painted Puppies Perth Zoo leads the regional zoo breeding program to prevent extinction of the species and helps protect them in the wild Six endangered African Painted Puppies were given their first hands-on health check following their birth in March at Perth Zoo. The health check revealed the Zoo has five new males and one female African Painted Puppy - a valuable addition to their struggling species. The new arrivals are the result of a successful new breeding pair comprising of Perth Zoo-born adult female 'Muhumhi' and male 'Gibby' who came from South Australia. Painted Dogs are endangered and considered the most persecuted large carnivore in Africa. Wild populations are threatened by poachers, habitat destruction and human wildlife conflict. The Zoo puppies have recently started to explore beyond their birthing den, making an impact in the Zoo's African Savannah. Perth Zoo's work for the species extends well beyond the South Perth gates all the way to Africa, and the Western Australian community has been instrumental in helping save them. Thanks to local donations, Perth Zoo helps fund an anti-poaching patrol unit and snare removal from the African landscape which causes the painful deaths of many Painted Dogs. More information about how the community can support Perth Zoo's programs to save African Painted Dogs from extinction can be found at https//perthzoo.wa.gov.au/african-painted-dog-project Comments attributed to Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "The birth of six African Painted Puppies is cause for celebration and testament to the world renowned expertise here at Perth Zoo. "The team co-ordinates the regional zoo breeding program for all Australian and New Zealand zoos, with the aim of breeding a healthy zoo population of African Painted Dogs to insure against wild extinction. "With less than 6,500 of these animals in the wild, there is a real risk of this species going extinct in our lifetime, making zoo breeding programs more important than ever." Minister's office - 6552 5900
Western Australians turn their containers into $50,000 for fire, cyclone relief1356Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Climate Action; Commerce 23900html28/05/2021 12:19:30 AM2021-05-27T22:00:00Z Western Australians donate $50,000 to Lord Mayor's Distress Relief Fund via Containers for Change Donations will go directly to people impacted by the Wooroloo bushfires and Cyclone SerojaWestern Australians have raised more than $50,000 for people impacted by the Wooroloo bushfires and Cyclone Seroja, simply by returning their drink containers to a Containers for Change refund point. All drink containers accepted at a Containers for Change refund point are recycled and people can either keep their 10-cent refund per container or donate it to various charities or community groups. The Lord Mayor's Distress Relief Fund (LMDRF) was activated in February to support those impacted by the Wooroloo bushfires and, later, Cyclone Seroja. The LMDRF established a specific Containers for Change Scheme ID, which quickly and easily allows anyone to donate their container refund directly to the LMDRF. The $50,000 in donated refunds represents 500,000 containers that are now guaranteed to be recycled and turned into items such as clothing, airplane parts and new containers. Since Containers for Change launched on October 1, 2020, more than 367.5 million containers have been returned to one of the 218 refund points across Western Australia. Almost $1.5 million has been raised for community organisations, schools and charities, and more than 730 jobs have been created through refund points. Over the next 20 years, Western Australians can save 5.9 billion containers from landfill and 706 million from littering WA's streets, waterways and parks by recycling through Containers for Change. Further information about Containers for Change can be found at http//www.containersforchange.com.au Comments attributed to Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "Containers for Change not only allows the community to keep containers out of landfill and off our streets, it also directly benefits Western Australians in need, as we can see through the efforts of those who have donated to the Lord Mayor's Distress Relief Fund. "By returning their containers to Containers for Change refund points, Western Australians have fully realised the potential of each container. "Ensuring those 500,000 containers are recycled is already a win but to then turn that into $50,000 for our friends, family and neighbours who need it most is what makes Containers for Change so special." Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Reece Whitby "It's been heartwarming to see the generosity of Western Australians in the aftermath of the Wooroloo bushfires and Cyclone Seroja. Not everybody is in a position to donate but Containers for Change makes giving to those who need it that little bit easier. "Along with State and Federal recovery packages, donations to the Lord Mayor's Distress Relief Fund are an important tool in helping people impacted by these disasters get back on their feet. "The road to recovery will take some time for impacted communities but Containers for Change shows even the smallest act can make a big difference." Environment Minister's office - 6552 5900Emergency Services Minister's office - 6552 6300
Fitzroy River water discussion paper comment period extended1353Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food; Hydrogen 29920html27/05/2021 6:46:50 AM2021-05-27T06:00:00Z Public comment period extended until August 31, 2021 Extension ensures all stakeholders will have an opportunity to have their say Paper summarises management approaches being considered in the Fitzroy River catchment A final Fitzroy River water allocation plan to be released in 2022 The McGowan Government today announced the Western Australian community will have more time to comment on the future of the Fitzroy River catchment in the Kimberley, with the public comment period of the 'Managing Water in the Fitzroy River Catchment' discussion paper extended until August 31, 2021. The discussion paper, which had been scheduled to close for comment on May 31, 2021, outlines approaches being considered by the Western Australian Government to protect the Fitzroy River and manage the use of water to support sustainable economic development in the catchment. The McGowan Government has extended the comment period to ensure all stakeholders have an ample opportunity to comment on the paper. The paper will help to inform a water allocation plan, which is an important part of the State Government delivering on its commitments to create the Fitzroy River National Park, which will extend the Geikie Gorge National Park along the Fitzroy River to the north and along the Margaret River; develop a management plan for the Fitzroy River to ensure the health of the river and provide a basis for sustainable economic development; and not allow the Fitzroy River or its tributaries to be dammed. Outlined in the paper are several key topics and management approaches for more focused discussion and feedback that relate to managing water and development in the Fitzroy River catchment. No final decisions have been made in relation to any option or approach taken in this paper. At the conclusion of the comment period, the Western Australian Government will consider all feedback received and prepare a draft Fitzroy River catchment water allocation plan, which will be released for public comment before a final water allocation plan is published in 2022. Comments attributed to Water Minister Dave Kelly "Given the significance of the plan it is important to ensure people have time to consider and share their views on the matter of water allocation and use in the Fitzroy. "The impacts of COVID-19 and the wet season have complicated the consultation process. "Because of this, the paper will remain open for comment until the end of August 2021. "Ensuring the sustainably managed and developed water resources of the Fitzroy River catchment, which involves government, traditional owners and other stakeholders, is a priority of the McGowan Government. "The McGowan Government has committed to no dams on the river or its tributaries." Comments attributed to Regional Development and Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan "The Fitzroy River has unique environmental and cultural values which are community assets that require us to plan carefully in developing and driving new and diversified economic opportunities for residents and communities. "We believe in the need to both protect the river and its values, and support pathways for people to pursue economic development opportunities. "Extending consultation will ensure every community member and stakeholder can have their voice heard, and that the future of the Fitzroy will deliver benefits for the whole community." Comments attributed to Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "Creating the Fitzroy River National Park is an important part of the McGowan Government's Plan for Our Parks which will secure a further five million hectares of national parks, marine parks and reserves across Western Australia over the next five years. "Ensuring meaningful consultation with stakeholders is a critical part of the process." Comments attributed to Aboriginal Affairs Minister Stephen Dawson "The Fitzroy River and its surrounds are a uniquely special place for traditional owners who have played, and always will play, an integral role in the protection and management of this significant natural asset. "The McGowan Government is committed to working with traditional owners to foster enhanced consultation and strong joint management partnerships for the benefit of the culture, jobs, training, regional economies, the environment and society at large. "I would encourage anyone with an interest in this special part of WA to utilise this extended public consultation period and have your say." Water Minister's office - 6552 6100 Regional Development and Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 6200 Environment Minister's office - 6552 5900 Aboriginal Affairs Minister's office - 6552 5800
Premier unveils Perth Zoo’s 20-year masterplan1310Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSkip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA Perth Zoo is set to build on its reputation 47740html21/05/2021 1:37:47 AM2021-05-21T01:30:00Z Perth Zoo finalises 20-year masterplan, including new orangutan enclosure, animal overhead tunnels and conservation centre McGowan Government kicks off development with more than $40 million in funding New works will deliver on McGowan Government's election commitment First developments expected to commence before the end of the year Improved experience for locals and tourists alikePerth Zoo is set to build on its reputation as a contemporary, world-class venue with the final plan for the Perth Zoo's future Masterplan Project released today. The Premier and Environment Minister today visited the zoo, on Endangered Species Day, to launch the 20-year masterplan and announce Perth Zoo is expecting a couple of new additions to its giraffe herd. Perth Zoo is part of the Australasian Giraffe Breeding Program to support the vulnerable species. Both resident adult females, Kitoto and Ellie, are pregnant. Since 1995 there have been 10 giraffes born at the zoo. Extending the African Savannah, which is home for the giraffes, is just one of the projects in the 20-year masterplan, which has been kick-started with a $43.5 million investment from the State Government, including a $30 million election commitment. Construction of the first two developments of the masterplan - a new café and function centre to be located in the green space at the centre of the zoo is expected to commence before the end of the year. The Perth Zoo Masterplan takes cutting edge international zoo design and innovative ideas to provide the best possible outcomes for visitors and animals. It will give the animals more room to roam, create world-class habitats and give visitors even closer animal experiences. Main features include a new conservation centre which will allow the public to see procedures underway in the veterinary hospital and provide opportunities for the community to learn more about animal breeding areas where Perth Zoo is helping fight species extinction. A new orangutan jungle will be built to support the zoo's world leading orangutan program and enable the public to learn more about these great apes. There will also be a new plaza style zoo entry, as well as a tree house and nature play area. Perth Zoo has today launched a donation portal to seek public and private donations to deliver this exciting 20-year transformation project. More information can be found at https//www.perthzoo.com.au Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "For 123 years, Perth Zoo has provided wonderful memories for so many Western Australians. "Now the time has come for the zoo to get a new lease on life - and this 20-year masterplan will deliver on that. "As we announce the zoo's future, we are also delighted to share the news that the next generation of giraffes at Perth Zoo are on the way. "The master plan will ensure our world-renowned zoo continues to provide new wildlife experiences for Western Australians and visitors into the future, and deliver more room for animals to roam. "The first two developments, a new café and new function facilities, will break ground later this year. "These two community amenities will be unlike anything currently offered in metropolitan Perth and will be unique venues for dining and special events." Comments attributed to Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson "The transformation of Perth Zoo will provide opportunities for many more generations to come to connect with wildlife and learn about conservation. "Perth Zoo is a Western Australian conservation tourism icon that is home to 1500 animals and welcomes more than 700,000 visitors each year. "The masterplan will enable the zoo animals to have expanded habitats offering all the creature comforts they require, whilst supporting the breeding and research programs that are aimed at fighting extinction. "The future for Perth Zoo is an exciting one, aimed at growing visitation for our zoo and our State, and today I am asking the community to join us on this wild journey." Premier's office - 6552 5000Environment Minister's office - 6552 5900