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McGowan Government boosts plastic and tyre recycling in Western Australia14201Department 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 Francis Logan BA (Hons) MLA $20 million to improve plastic and tyre 13440html11/07/2020 2:05:55 AM2020-07-06T22:00:00Z $20 million to improve plastic and tyre processing in WA State Government funds will be matched by the Federal Government Expression of interest process commenced for new plastic and tyre reprocessing facilitiesThe McGowan Government has today committed $20 million to boost capacity for local processing of waste plastic and tyres in Western Australia. $15 million dollars in grant funding will be provided to support local processing of plastics and tyres and the development of infrastructure in the north of the State. Access will also be provided to industrial zoned land valued at $5 million for processing infrastructure. The State Government funding will need to be matched or exceeded by industry investment meaning that total combined investment in local processing is likely to be greater than $60 million. The State Government is today calling for grant applications from organisations to support new processing infrastructure, including projects in regional and remote Western Australia. The announcement follows the March 2020 Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting, which confirmed a timetable for phasing out waste exports and building domestic infrastructure to support reuse and recycling. WA grants will be considered for projects that can help in the domestic processing of plastics and whole tyres currently collected in Western Australia. Proposals for economically viable projects that utilise best-practice methodology, know-how and technology, achieve value for money and maximise industry financial contributions are welcomed. The funding is in addition to the more than $20 million already provided annually to fund waste related programs and initiatives from the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account. For more information or to submit a completed expression of interest, contact wastegrants@dwer.wa.gov.au Applications close at 9am AWST, August 17, 2020 (late applications will not be accepted). Comments attributed to Acting Environment Minister Francis Logan "This commitment from the McGowan Government is not only good for the environment, it is good for WA jobs; we know we can deliver three times more jobs when we recycle better. "Analysis from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that in WA approximately 12,500 tonnes of plastics and 7,000 tonnes of tyres would be captured as result of the export ban on certain wastes. This represents a huge opportunity for industry in WA. "As a State Government moving towards a circular economy we are seeking expressions of interest from innovative and entrepreneurial organisations to help us grow local processing capacity for waste and ensure these valuable materials are reprocessed locally." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Successful wildlife rehabilitator grant recipients announced14174Department 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; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs 14620html2/07/2020 2:15:11 AM2020-07-02T02:00:00Z 38 licensed groups and individuals will receive funding through a one-year grant program A total of $214,000 provided through the new State Government grants program, in partnership with the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife The McGowan Government has today announced the successful recipients of the Wildlife Heroes Wildlife Rehabilitation and Emergency Response Grants 2020. The one-year grant will see 38 licensed wildlife rehabilitators share in $214,000 to provide care for sick and injured native wildlife, with the aim of releasing them back into the wild. Recipients will be able to use funds for relevant items, such as to purchase specialist equipment, animal food, first aid supplies, veterinary support, reference materials and the development and implementation of training courses. A total of $150,000 was initially available through the program, made up of $100,000 from State Government funds and $50,000 from the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife's Wildlife Heroes project. The State Government increased the funds available to $214,000, funding all applicants who met the criteria for a grant. Grants will be distributed as follows Groups with more than 20 volunteers will be allocated up to $10,000 Groups of between two and 20 volunteers will be allocated up to $2500 A number of individual wildlife rehabilitators have also been funded A full list of successful recipients is available below. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "The McGowan Government is very proud of the high standard of care that wildlife rehabilitators provide to some of Western Australia's most vulnerable native wildlife. "By investing in this program, we are providing licensed rehabilitators with the opportunity to expand their knowledge and resources to ensure sick and injured native animals receive the care they need to hopefully return back to the wild. "Congratulations to the 38 individuals and groups who have received grants through this one-year program. I look forward to hearing about the incredible work that is achieved as a result." Minister's office - 6552 5800 Grantee Location Native ARC Inc Bibra Lake, Perth Black Cockatoo Preservation Society Martin, Perth Western Australian Seabird Rescue Inc Bayswater, Perth Native Animal Rescue Malaga, Perth Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre Inc Lesmurdie, Perth KANE (Kimberley Animals, Nature and Education) Kununurra, Kimberley Healing Hands Wildlife Care Inc Albany, Great Southern Darling Range Wildlife Shelter Martin, Perth Goldfields Native Animal Care Inc Kalgoorlie, Goldfields Wild Life West Inc Fitzroy Crossing, Kimberley River Wren Rescue Stake Hill, Peel Kangaroo Haven Inc Kununurra, Kimberley Born Free Wildlife Carers Inc Lower King, Great Southern Mandurah Just Joey Marsupial Care Inc Coodanup, Peel Lisa's Kangaroo Retreat Inc Port Hedland, Pilbara AUZZIE's Raptor Rehabilitation Association Inc Bennett Springs, Perth Marsupial Mammas and Pappas (Inc) Toodyay, Wheatbelt Express Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Inc Henley Brook, Perth FAWNA Inc Busselton, South West Midwest Marsupial Carers Inc Geraldton, Midwest Bluebush Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Buntine, Wheatbelt Possum Rescue and Rehabilitation Inc Busselton, South West Possum Valley Animal Sanctuary Mt Helena, Perth Amaris Wildlife Sanctuary Inc Tenterden, Great Southern Maroo Wildlife Refuge Inc Manjimup, South West Geraldton Greenough Wildlife Rescue Inc Greenough, Midwest Society for the Preservation of Raptors Inc Margaret River, South West Raptor Fliers Association of Western Australia Inc Crossman, Wheatbelt Esperance Roo Haven Monjingup, Great Southern Parnana Pikurtu Wildlife Sanctuary Inc Moorine Rock, Wheatbelt
Illegal dumpers convicted after camera sting operation14083Department 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; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs 25870html1/07/2020 12:32:24 AM2020-07-01T00:05:00Z Camera surveillance nets five offenders illegally dumping waste on 13 occasions Fines ranged up to $9,000 plus costs A camera sting operation undertaken by inspectors from the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation has resulted in convictions for a number of people caught illegally dumping waste on land that is part of a State park. Covert surveillance was set up at Warbrook Road, Jandabup, in Perth's northern suburbs. They recorded five offenders dumping material ranging from asbestos to green waste on a total of 13 occasions. The operation resulted in five men facing charges in the Joondalup Magistrates Court on June 5, 2020. On December 12, 2018, a Toyota Landcruiser ute entered the area loaded with bricks and sand waste. The vehicle was photographed as the waste was dumped. Among the waste DWER inspectors found documents bearing the name Giuseppe Napoli. The distinctive vehicle also led inspectors to Mr Napoli and he was charged with Unauthorised Discharge of Waste under the Environmental Protection Act 1986. He pleaded guilty and was fined $4,500 plus costs of $418. On April 12, 2019, a Nissan Patrol towing a trailer loaded with sheets of broken corrugated fencing material was recorded entering the site, then recorded a short time later leaving with an empty trailer. Samples of the fencing material were found to contain Chrysolite white asbestos. The broken sheets of asbestos were transported to the site on public roads in an uncovered trailer. Erol Raphael was charged under the Litter Act 1979 and faced an additional charge for failing to identify who was driving the vehicle. He was fined $4,000 plus costs of $418. Daniel Edward Shackleton was charged over three separate occasions, on January 22 and 23, 2019, after chunks of demolished concrete were dumped at the site. It was alleged that a tip truck was hired to dump the waste. It was found that the behaviour was commercially driven. Mr Shackleton pleaded guilty and was fined $9,000 plus $418 costs. Gerald Francis Stidworthy was photographed on three occasions in 2019, on August 6, August 12 and September 18, entering the site with a trailer full of waste and leaving with it empty. He pleaded guilty and was fined $3,000 plus $418 costs. Christopher Thomas Winter pleaded guilty to charges related to five occasions in 2019 when he dumped green waste and sand. While the court acknowledged that the dumped material was relatively benign, the quantity was significant and was likely to have contained chemicals and pollutants which had the potential to detract from the beauty of the bushland, and could reduce the ability of the public to use and enjoy the area. Mr Winter was fined $3,000 and ordered to pay costs of $766.40. Illegal dumping can be reported to DWER's Pollution Watch Hotline on 1300 784 782 or to pollutionwatch@dwer.wa.gov.au Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "This operation and the resulting convictions send a message that illegal dumping is not OK. Operations like this will continue so this should serve as a reminder for people to do the right thing. "While it might seem that dumping green waste in bushland causes little harm, it's still damaging to the environment. It's easy to dispose of waste legally, and people risk significant penalties if they do not." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Reception no barrier to exploring Kalbarri National Park14166Department 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; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs 14190html1/07/2020 12:26:25 AM2020-07-01T00:00:00Z Three new 'Smart' Park maps are available for Kalbarri National Park These maps can be used offline and show visitors' location and information in real-timePeople can now plan their adventures in Western Australia's national parks and reserves at the touch of a button, following the release of a new geo-referenced map in the WA Parks Foundation's Smart Park map series. The iconic Kalbarri National Park, home to the brand new Kalbarri Skywalk, is the most recent location to be made available on the app, allowing visitors to easily access information on facilities, trails, lookouts and other points of interest within the park. Following a successful pilot of the app in Karijini National Park, these new maps make it easier than ever for visitors to navigate their way around some of Western Australia's most popular parks, offline and in real-time. The maps include information on camping and picnic areas, lookouts, parking, swimming, toilets, walk trails and their classifications, wheelchair access, Wi-Fi, roads, tracks and safety information. Once the map has been downloaded, it can be used without a network connection. The smart phone or tablet's built-in GPS will show the location on the map and let visitors know where they are. Visitors can add placemark pins, photographs, and measure distances on the app. The 'Smart' Park maps series is delivered by the WA Parks Foundation in partnership with the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions. The development of the map series is sponsored by BHP. The Smart Park maps can be downloaded via the Avenza Maps app from either the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, and instructions can be found on the WA Parks Foundation website. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "Kalbarri National Park is just one of the spectacular destinations that will be part of this new and innovative series. "We hope to eventually have these maps in all 101 of the State's national parks and reserves to enhance visitor experience and encourage more people to get out and visit these destinations. "Many of WA's network of parks have no or limited network coverage and this map series provides access to geo-referenced PDF park maps for offline use on iOS, Android, smartphones and tablets." Comments attributed to WA Parks Foundation chairperson Kerry Sanderson "Encouraging people to experience and enjoy Western Australia's treasure trove of national parks is one of the main aims of the Foundation. "Our national parks are a wonderful natural resource, with so much to offer in terms of their scenic splendour, ancient geology and biodiversity. "The Smart Park maps are a practical aid in making it easier for people to access the parks, some of which are vast and remote, and to confidently navigate their features. "Twenty of the State's most popular parks have been prioritised for mapping, with more to follow. "Our State Government partner, the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions is pivotal in helping the Foundation towards achievement of this goal. "We are very fortunate, also, to have the strong support of BHP, our corporate partner in this initiative. This financial and other assistance is greatly appreciated." Minister's office - 6552 5800 Smart Park maps Download the Avenza Maps app from either the Google Play Store or Apple App Store to access your Smart Park maps. Search for Karijini Smart Park Maps in the Avenza store to download. Its free! Tell us your thoughts, ideas or feedback or nominate your favourite WA national park by visiting http//www.ourwaparks.org.au/resources/kalbarri-smart-park-map
Adventure awaits with new Collie mountain bike trails13280Department 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 A further 12 kilometres of new trails now 19100html28/06/2020 5:11:40 AM2020-06-28T05:00:00Z Arklow mountain bike trails completed Includes adaptive trail to accommodate riders with disability Part of $10 million Collie Adventure Trails project Mountain biking enthusiasts have additional trails to explore in the South-West with the completion of the Arklow trail network, north of Collie. A further 12 kilometres of new trails now winds its way through the Arklow forest, giving mountain bike riders a view of the stunning environment at Collie's doorstep. The Arklow mountain bike trail network totals 36km; 26km of which is new or upgraded trail. This includes the 9.5km Arklow adaptive trail, with six kilometres of the new trail built to accommodate hand cycles, allowing mountain bike riders with disability the opportunity to enjoy even more of the area. The new trail is part of the McGowan Government's $10 million initiative to create and maintain more than 180km of high-quality mountain bike and bushwalking trails in Collie and Dwellingup. Collie Adventure Trails was funded through the McGowan Government's $60 million Collie Industry Attraction and Development Fund. Other additions that are in the works include expanded car park facilities at the Wellington Dam precinct and the Wiilman Bilya walking trail. Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan "My Government is focused on diversifying regional economies, which is why this project is so fantastic for the people of Collie and its surrounds. "Trail riding is one of the world's fastest growing sports, and we expect these new trails will attract adventure tourists from far and wide, supporting the local economy in Collie. "I'm also proud that this project has given a boost to the region's economy, generating close to 150 construction jobs. "This is an exciting development that is part of the State Government's comprehensive plan to sure the future of Collie." Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "The McGowan Government recognises the value of Western Australia's national parks, reserves and forests and is committed to creating new and improved ways for visitors to get out and enjoy and connect with them. "The Arklow Trail really showcases the pristine Arklow Forest and with the trail on the doorstep of Collie, there's no doubt it will be a hit with mountain bikers. "It's fantastic that this trails network includes the adaptive trail which was designed to ensure mountain bike riders with disability can get out and enjoy the benefits of nature in the South-West." Comments attributed to Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray "The Arklow trails are yet another reason for people to visit Collie, which is fast becoming a nature-based recreation hub thanks to significant investment from the State Government. "Developing the town as a premium mountain bike destination will not just drive regional tourism, but it will also bring more jobs to the South-West. "With more works on the way for the Collie Adventure Trails initiative, the town's future is looking bright." Premier's office - 6552 5000 Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800
Call for expressions of interest in paper and cardboard recycling grants13275Department 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; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs 16180html26/06/2020 9:34:09 AM2020-06-26T09:30:00Z McGowan Government calls for expressions of interest to grow local processing capacity for paper and cardboard National export ban on paper and cardboard commencing on July 1, 2024 The McGowan Government is calling for expressions of interest for grants to help boost the processing capacity for Western Australia's 80,000 tonnes of mixed paper and cardboard waste. The expression of interest is advertised on the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation's website and is open from today (June 26) to 9am on July 27, 2020. The Council of Australian Governments agreement on March 13, 2020 confirmed a timetable for phasing out waste exports and building domestic infrastructure to support reuse and recycling. Mixed paper and cardboard will be subject to the national export ban commencing on July 1, 2024. It is important that the McGowan Government considers all proposals that will contribute to a more competitive and sustainable domestic market for mixed paper and cardboard collection, reprocessing and sale. As part of the national response to the ban on waste, the Federal Government is asking industry and State and Territory governments to work together to bring forward project proposals that deliver a national solution for mixed-paper recycling in Australia. Funding may be made available from the State Government and matched by the Australian Government for one or more selected projects. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "Export bans on paper and cardboard open up new opportunities to explore local processing of recycled materials, and we are committed to finding a solution that is right for Western Australia. "The McGowan Government is investigating options for local processing to help achieve its recycling targets. "We are seeking industry proposals for increasing capacity for processing mixed paper and cardboard, and look forward to working with the Federal Government on proposals that will contribute to a more competitive and sustainable domestic market. "The McGowan Government is committed to a sustainable, low-waste, circular economy which is key for protecting our environment for future generations." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Humpback whale swim tours return to Ningaloo12294Department 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; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs 12240html26/06/2020 1:31:54 AM2020-06-25T08:00:00Z ​Swimming with Humpback tours to recommence Western Australians encouraged to travel and support regional tour operators Release of management program for humpback whale interactionsThe McGowan Government has today given confidence to the Gascoyne tourism sector by welcoming the return of humpback whale swim tours at Ningaloo this season. Establishing a viable 'swimming with humpbacks' industry will create jobs, offer additional experiences for visitors and boost the local and Western Australian economy. The 2020 season coincides with the release of the Management program for humpback whale interactions along the Ningaloo Coast 2020 The management program focuses on commercial in-water humpback whale interactions from Exmouth and Coral Bay but also considers recreational activities, whale watching and other operations in the region. The program's development involved consultation with Gnulli joint management partners, stakeholders from the tourism industry and scientists specialising in humpback whales. The management program can be viewed here. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "Swimming with humpback whales is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and the only place in Western Australia where this can be done is with a licensed operator on the Ningaloo Coast. "Visitors to the region also have the chance to spot other wildlife that call the spectacular Ningaloo Coast home, such as whale sharks, manta rays, dugong and turtles. "Now is the perfect time to 'Wander out Yonder' and support businesses to reinvigorate the State's tourism industry, which has been doing it tough. "This updated management program is an important framework to ensure that the safety of both whales and visitors is managed effectively." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Australian-first hiking strategy to sustain boom in bushwalking and trail running8720Department 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 Seniors and Ageing; Volunteering; Sport and Recreation 22310html24/06/2020 7:06:30 AM2020-06-24T07:00:00Z WA's hiking trails experienced record levels of participation over April and May State Government allocates $250,000 to help grow Western Australia's hiking industry 10-year strategy is the first of its kind in the country and will aim to increase participation, tourism and Aboriginal engagement Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray has released a 10-year WA Hiking Strategy to ensure Western Australians continue to enjoy the great outdoors in a safe and sustainable way. The strategy is the first of its kind in the country and complements other trail strategies developed over the past 25 years in WA that focus on areas such as mountain biking and horse trails. It will focus on traditional bushwalking and the emerging growth area of trail running, and will guide industry in the funding and development of hiking and trails for the next decade. The State Government has allocated $250,000 over the next three years to encourage participation. The strategy was developed by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) and the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA), along with significant community input. As part of the WA Hiking Strategy, a Hiking Implementation Reference Group has been formed to prioritise initiatives and guide its implementation. Comments attributed to Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray "It is crucial Western Australians continue to get outdoors and enjoy what our State has to offer in terms of nature experiences. There has never been a better time to launch this strategy, now that COVID-19 restrictions are easing. "Our hiking trails experienced record levels of participation over April and May and we want to make sure Western Australians continue to enjoy hiking and trail running. "We look to our tourism partners to also contribute to the implementation of this strategy to create jobs and grow regional prosperity." Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "In Western Australia we are so lucky to have world-class national parks on our doorstep, from Drysdale River National Park in the north to Fitzgerald River National Park in the south. "I want Western Australians to get out and see our stunning landscapes, and recreational walking is a fantastic way for people to immerse themselves in the natural environment. "This 10-year strategy will help guide government investment and lead to stronger community development and economic outcomes - including regional development and job creation - throughout the State." Sport and Recreation Minister's office - 6552 6400 Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800
Grants to help charities combat illegal dumping7337Department 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; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs 13990html24/06/2020 12:31:48 AM2020-06-24T00:05:00Z Help for charities to dispose of unusable donations to landfill Households asked to be selective in what they donate to charity The McGowan Government has reimbursed more than $300,000 in Waste Disposal Levy fees this year through the Waste Authority to charitable recycling organisations who were forced to dispose of waste from illegal dumping and unusable donations. Six charitable recyclers - Alinea, Anglicare WA, Good Sammy Enterprises, RSPCA, St Vincent de Paul Society WA and the Salvation Army - shared in $300,357 of rebates to pay for the disposal of goods illegally dumped at their donation bins or shopfronts, as well as well-intentioned but unusable donations that cannot be recycled or reused. The rebates help these charities meet the costs of disposing of 4,294 tonnes of unwanted or unusable goods to landfill. Grants have been provided to reduce illegal dumping at charitable recycling collection sites, for measures such as high security donation bins and security cameras at charity shopfronts. To reduce unusable donations, remember these key messages if the item is not good enough to give to a friend, please do not give it to charity; do not leave any donations outside closed shops as they will become litter, which creates a huge cost to charities to clean up; donate in-store at shops that are open or inside a donation bin only. Please check ahead to find out if your favourite charity shop is open; and sort your items for quality, as these are the items charities can use to support those in need. Householders are being asked to visit charity websites to find out what goods and materials can be accepted, and how to go about donating. This is especially important during the COVID-19 period, as many charity shops are closed and cannot accept donations. In these circumstances people are being asked to keep their unwanted goods until charity organisations reopen. For more information about the rebate initiative visit the Waste Authority's website. To report illegal dumping, contact the Pollution Watch Hotline on 1300 784 782. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "Most people are well-intentioned when it comes to giving their old clothes to charity but, unfortunately, charitable recyclers continue to be burdened by large amounts of dumped or unwanted donations. "I urge Western Australians to please do the right thing, especially during these uncertain times, to help our charities who assist the most vulnerable people in our community. "If your items are not good enough to give to a friend please do not give them to charity and do not dump your goods outside stores which create a huge cost to charities to clean up. "Dumping donations outside charity stores completely negates any environmental benefit you may have achieved with a successful donation as dumped goods will ultimately end up in landfill." Minister's office - 6552 5800
The wait is over - Kalbarri Skywalk opens12244Department 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; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs 19210html12/06/2020 4:20:46 AM2020-06-12T04:15:00Z Kalbarri Skywalk open from midday today McGowan Government delivers $24 million project, creating more than 150 local jobsThe highly anticipated Kalbarri Skywalk in Kalbarri National Park has officially opened at midday today, providing a major tourism boost for the Mid-West region. The opening of the universally accessible Skywalk marks the culmination of a $24 million project to install two cantilevered platforms overlooking the Murchison Gorge, a kiosk, shade shelters, toilets, parking, 22km of park roads, and upgrades to Meanarra Hill and Z Bend tourist sites. For the Nanda Traditional Owners, the facility showcases their culture and stories through interpretive and artistic elements. Visitors are greeted with an entry sign stating kaju yatka, the Nanda words for 'sky' and 'to walk.' The State Government is working with the Nanda people to explore opportunities for the management of the soon-to-open environmentally friendly kiosk that will operate on low to nil emissions on an off-the-grid power system. Kalbarri National Park is an iconic location, famous for its 80-kilometre gorge, coastal cliffs that plunge more than 100 metres to the ocean, striking wildflowers and many recreational activities. Annual visits to the national park have increased by almost 100,000 over the past five years to more than 450,000 last year. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "Today is an exciting day for everyone who was involved in the development of this bold and iconic facility - congratulations to the Nanda Traditional Owners, the Mid-West Development Commission, the Parks and Wildlife Service at the Department of Biodiversity of Conservation and Attractions and all the contractors. "The Kalbarri Skywalk is projected to inject up to $73 million in additional expenditure over the next decade into the local economy and create jobs for tourism businesses, accommodation providers and associated service industries. "There's never been a better time to get out and explore all that Western Australia has to offer; the McGowan Government has just launched its 'Wander out Yonder' campaign to entice people to explore our wonderful State and support the tourism industry, which has been doing it tough. "These 100-metre high Skywalks which project 25 and 17 metres beyond the cliff face complement the existing natural beauty of the surrounding area, and I'm pleased to say that with universal accessibility, they can be enjoyed by all who visit the national park. "The Kalbarri Skywalk will further cement Kalbarri's reputation as an international destination and one of Australia's most popular destinations. I would encourage all Western Australians to add this new attraction to their bucket list." Comments attributed to Tourism Minister Paul Papalia "There has never been a better time for Western Australians to discover all of the world-class destinations right here in our backyard. "The new skywalk at Kalbarri National Park provides yet another reason for local travellers to discover or rediscover this wonderful natural location. "Kalbarri National Park is one of the reasons travellers from all around the world had been flocking to WA in record numbers - and now's the time Western Australians should check it out for themselves." Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800 Tourism Minister's office - 6552 5600
Clean start for 2020 Tidy Towns Awards12243Department 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; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs 21130html12/06/2020 2:13:48 AM2020-06-11T16:00:00Z ​Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Awards restart in WA with adjusted timeframe Regional communities invited to enter Tidy Towns Awards from Friday June 12 Keep Australia Beautiful Western Australia has restarted the Tidy Towns Communities Awards for 2020. The Awards were postponed due to the impacts of COVID-19 but as a result of the success of control measures and the low number of cases in regional WA, the awards will now go ahead with communities invited to enter the awards from Friday June 12. Entries will be open from June 12 until September 7, 2020, when submissions are also due. This allows suitable time for communities to address community sustainability projects and navigate changing social conditions as a result of COVID-19. Submissions will be assessed in September and judging visits will take place in October and November. This year marks the 51st year of the Keep Australia Beautiful flagship program, which recognises and rewards regional and remote communities that take positive action to protect and enhance their environment. Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities is a Keep Australia Beautiful Council program funded by the Waste Authority through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account. It is sponsored by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation and Main Roads WA. Communities are invited to apply in one or all of the award's seven categories General Appearance; Community Action and Wellbeing; Environmental Sustainability; Environmental Education; Heritage and Culture; Young Legends; and Litter Prevention and Waste Management. Tidy Towns Award information is available at http//www.kabc.wa.gov.au/get-involved/tidy-towns-sustainable-communities Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "Regional communities have faced considerable challenges in 2020 and it's time to celebrate some of the fantastic sustainable achievements that have taken place despite those difficulties. "I encourage all regional and remote towns to enter and reward the good work being done by their communities. "Having an opportunity to share community initiatives has always been a big part of Tidy Towns and we look forward to hearing those stories during the awards this year." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Beach litter targeted on World Oceans Day12217Department 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; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs 21730html8/06/2020 7:17:36 AM2020-06-08T07:10:00Z Volunteers to clean up Mullaloo Beach as part of World Oceans Day Collected litter will be audited for the Australian Marine Debris Initiative Database Beach litter will be the target of a clean-up at Mullaloo Beach on Monday June 8 as part of World Oceans Day. World Oceans Day involves youth and partner organisations in more than 140 countries. It was recognised by the United Nations in 2008 and supports worldwide sustainability goals as well as fostering public interest and support for our oceans. On World Oceans Day volunteers from Keep Australia Beautiful Western Australia will be picking up beach litter, which will be the subject of a litter audit to determine what type of waste is ending up on our beaches. Marine litter kills and injures marine life and can lead to great economic cost to communities worldwide. Wildlife can eat or become entangled in marine debris; it can smother seabeds and is increasingly believed to be a source of toxic substances in the marine environment. Debris on beaches such as broken glass can also injure beachgoers and floating debris can be a hazard to boats. The Mullaloo Beach clean-up audit information will go into the Australian Marine Debris Initiative database, which compiles litter data from all around Australia to help track litter to its source and prevent it from entering the environment and harming marine life. The Keep Australia Beautiful WA team will be at Mullaloo Beach between 12-2pm on Monday June 8. Due to COVID-19 social distancing measures, the clean-up will not be a public event this year. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "Beach litter is not just unsightly. It kills and injures marine life and can injure beachgoers. Plastics in particular can break down into microplastics - which are being increasingly recognised as a health concern for both marine animals and humans. "This clean-up will not only remove litter from a popular Perth beach; the litter will be audited, and that data will be used to increase our knowledge of the origins of beach waste. "I would encourage everyone to "Take 3* for the sea" take three pieces of rubbish with you when you leave the beach and you can make a difference. If we made a small change it would go a long way to making our beautiful WA beaches even more pristine." *Take 3 is a clean beach initiative committed to removing plastic pollution from the environment. It was founded on the premise that simple actions can produce profound consequences. Minister's office - 6552 5800
Funding available to reduce litter in WA9763Department 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; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs 20740html2/07/2020 3:02:54 AM2020-06-05T08:10:00Z Community litter grants of up to $10,000 available for major initiatives or regional projects Grants of up to $5,000 available for local area projectsTo coincide with World Environment Day, the McGowan Government has today opened up applications for funding as part of the 2020 Community Litter Grants program. Community groups, schools and local governments are invited to apply for grants of up to $10,000 for major initiatives or regional projects, or $5000 for local area projects. The Keep Australia Beautiful Council's (KABC) 2020 Community Litter Grants aim to support projects and initiatives that focus on changing littering behaviour. The grants are open to local governments, small to medium-sized enterprises, community groups and schools. For example, successful projects may help to reduce litter at events, sporting and recreation venues, shopping and commercial precincts, roadsides or waterways. They may also target the incorrect disposal of cigarette butts, takeaway food containers, or other initiatives that reduce litter. Projects funded through the 2019 Community Litter Grants included the City of Bunbury's Sea Bin installation (a first in the South-West), Collie's cigarette bin project and North Cottesloe Surf Life Saving's filtered water dispenser to reduce littered single use plastic bottles. Applications for Community Litter Grants close on Friday July 24, 2020, with successful applicants announced in KAB Week 2020 which runs from August 17-23, 2020. For application guidelines and more information on the grants program, visit http//www.kabc.wa.gov.au/resources/community-litter-grants Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "The theme for World Environment Day is 'Time for Nature'. Litter is not only a visible blight on our natural environment, but also causes considerable environmental harm. "The McGowan Government is proud to support these grants and get behind Western Australians working protect their local environments with effective initiatives, projects and strategies to address littering in their local community." Comments attributed to Keep Australia Beautiful WA Chairperson Michael Aspinall "The KABC Community Litter Grants provide financial support and guidance for communities and organisations for the implementation of projects which make lasting changes that reduce litter and change littering behaviour. "I encourage community groups and individuals to take advantage of these grants to help them run these important grassroots initiatives, which bring us closer to our ultimate goal of a litter-free Western Australia." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Perth Zoo reopens to the public9752Department 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; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs 17150html5/06/2020 1:33:11 AM2020-06-05T01:30:00Z Perth Zoo will re-open to the public tomorrow Visitors will need a reservation and pre-purchased ticket There has been a Zoo baby boom behind closed doorsPerth Zoo will reopen to the public tomorrow, following its March closure due to COVID-19. As an expansive outdoor environment, there is no capacity limit for the Zoo, however, multiple measures are in place to ensure visitors remain happy and healthy. Visitors will need an online reservation and pre-purchased ticket which will ensure there is no cash handling at the Zoo entry and enable a mechanism for contact tracing by health authorities if required. In preparation for the return of guests, the Zoo has laid physical distancing 'paw prints' in various areas, installed multiple hygiene stations throughout the Zoo grounds, implemented one-way traffic flow in some areas, temporarily cancelled keeper talks but created virtual keeper presentations which can be watched on guests' personal devices, temporarily closed indoor exhibits including the Nocturnal House and Australian Reptile encounter; and completed mandatory COVID safe training.Whilst the Zoo has been closed there has been a baby boom, so there is more to see than ever before. This includes a Javan Gibbon baby, two squirrel monkey babies, otter pups, emperor tamarin infants and more than 50 western swamp tortoise hatchlings. The koala and tree kangaroo joeys are now sticking their heads out of their mother's pouches ready for their first look at Zoo visitors this Saturday. More details regarding the reopening of Perth Zoo can be found at http//www.perthzoo.com.au/ Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "Perth Zoo holds a very special place in people's hearts so its reopening to the public is a cause for celebration. "Many people in the community have greatly missed coming to the Zoo, myself included. I am also told many of the Zoo animals have missed the public. "Our Zoo sits on an expansive 19-hectare site and is a safe open-air environment for families to reconnect with nature, keep children engaged and active and de-stress after what has been an anxious time for many. "While the Zoo has been closed, our dedicated zoologists and horticulturists have been tending to the 1,300 hundred animals that call Perth Zoo home and also the botanic estate, ensuring that the Zoo is ready for the return of guests." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Containers for Change refund points boosted by community grants9372Department 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; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs 19030html4/06/2020 12:27:53 AM2020-06-04T00:00:00Z More than $200,000 awarded to help establish refund and donation points as part of Containers for Change network 138 applicants have been awarded grants ranging from $552 up to $2,000 The McGowan Government has awarded more than $200,000 in grants to 138 refund and donation point operators as part of the State's container deposit scheme, Containers for Change. Managed by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, the grants will be used to build infrastructure to support community groups, schools, sporting clubs and not-for-profit organisations to establish donation or refund points. Grants were prioritised for applicants providing positive social outcomes for people with disability, vulnerable people and the long-term unemployed, particularly in regional and remote areas. Containers for Change is scheduled to commence on October 1, 2020 and will see consumers receive a 10 cent refund on eligible containers returned through the scheme's refund points. The scheme will be one of the most accessible container deposit schemes in Australia with 229 refund points available by the end of the first year of the scheme. For more information, visit https//www.dwer.wa.gov.au/cds Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "This funding will provide valuable financial support to community groups, schools and not-for-profit organisations, and will help them deliver Australia's newest and best container deposit scheme - Containers for Change. "Western Australians have been calling for a container deposit scheme for years and the McGowan Government is committed to making this scheme a reality on October 1. "Social enterprises, schools and community groups, as well as businesses and local governments will be the heart and soul of this recycling scheme, and these community grants will help them get ready for October 1. "Containers for Change is a great win for WA's environment, for jobs, for our local community and sporting groups always looking for new ways to raise much-needed funds, and for our kids to learn about the benefits of recycling." Minister's office - 6552 5800
October launch date for WA's Container Deposit Scheme9085Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Media StatementsSign In Skip To Content Skip To Navigation Go to whole of WA Government search Text Size a a a Print Home Home Minister for Environment; Disability Services; Electoral 37870html26/05/2020 2:34:53 AM2020-05-26T02:05:00Z Containers for Change to be launched on October 1, 2020 Assistance package of up to $3.5 million announced to support network participants impacted by scheme's deferral Package will ensure the scheme goes ahead, providing revenue, employment and fundraising opportunities across the StateThe McGowan Government has today announced Western Australia's container deposit scheme will commence on October 1, paving the way for reduced litter, improved recycling rates, and the creation of new businesses and employment opportunities across the State. It is estimated more than 500 jobs will be created at refund points across the State, including hundreds of jobs to be targeted at employing people with disability, the long-term unemployed and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, as well as opportunities for apprentices and trainees. Containers for Change will allow Western Australians to claim a 10-cent refund when they return eligible beverage containers at designated refund points across the State. Today's announcement includes a financial assistance package of up to $3.5 million to support network participants financially impacted by deferral of the scheme, ensuring they remain viable until scheme commencement. It will also ensure sustainability of the collection network. In preparation for the scheme, participants made financial commitments such as taking on leases, staff and technology to support their operations. The funding will be made available from June 2, 2020 until scheme commencement. More information is available on the department's container deposit scheme page -https//www.dwer.wa.gov.au/cds/information Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "Western Australians have been telling us they are ready and willing to get involved in a cash for cans scheme, they want to recycle right and they want to ensure less beverage containers end up in landfill. "The scheme's launch date had to be delayed due to COVID-19, a decision that was supported by the community and the scheme co-ordinator, and public health advice. "An October launch date strikes the right balance between keeping people safe and ensuring the sustainability of the network. "We are getting on with the job of making sure this scheme delivers the best possible outcomes for all Western Australians." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Iconic Bluff Knoll walk trail reopened after bushfires8710Department 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; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs 18130html20/05/2020 6:47:16 AM2020-05-20T06:40:00Z Bushfires in December and January extensively damaged Stirling Range National Park Bluff Knoll walk trail now safe for visitorsPeople will be able to climb the iconic Bluff Knoll walk trail in Stirling Range National Park from 8am Friday May 22, following four months of work to repair extensive bushfire damage. The Stirling Range's highest peak, Bluff Knoll is among Western Australia's most popular trails, offering 360 degree views from the summit. More than a third of Stirling Range National Park was impacted by a bushfire that started from multiple lightning strikes between Boxing Day and the New Year. Since then, contractors and staff from Parks and Wildlife Service at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) have spent four months working to repair the extensive damage to the Bluff Knoll trail. More than 50 tonnes of material were brought in manually and by helicopter, with only hand tools used to replace all steps and water bars on the trail and install a new 5.5 metre pedestrian bridge about halfway along the trail. The height of the new steps has been decreased to make the trail easier to climb and more family friendly. The Bluff Knoll trail repairs were funded by a grant from the Federal Government's Australian Heritage Grants, and by DBCA. Mt Trio and Mt Toolbrunup walk trails and access roads in the park will open on 8am Saturday May 23. Stirling Range Ridge Walk including Ellen Peak will remain closed for the rest of the year, and Toll Peak picnic area and Moingup Springs campground and picnic area remain closed for the foreseeable future. These areas were severely impacted by fire. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "The Stirling Range National Park is the beating heart of the Great Southern region, and the opening of Bluff Knoll has been eagerly anticipated by tourists and locals alike. "I thank the Parks and Wildlife Service work crews and contractors who worked long and hard to get this trail safe for visitors, and I look forward to invigorated interest in experiencing this trail now that it is more accessible. "Parks and Wildlife Service is continuing to assess the damage to flora and fauna in the park, as it is home to many rare and endemic plant species." Comments attributed to Albany MLA Peter Watson "It has been a difficult time for tourism businesses in this region who provide accommodation, food and recreational opportunities for tourists who visit Stirling Range National Park. "I am pleased that people can now walk Bluff Knoll, and I encourage them to strongly support the surrounding operators as well as businesses in the broader region." Minister's office - 6552 5800
New Household Hazardous Waste collection facility for Fremantle8682Department 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; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs 17780html18/05/2020 6:04:06 AM2020-05-18T06:00:00Z A new Hazardous Household Waste treatment facility due to open by the end of 2020 The facility will help reduce the environmental damage caused by incorrect disposal of hazardous materialsA new facility for householders to safely dispose of hazardous waste such as paint, batteries and chemicals is to be opened in Fremantle. Funding of $50,000 has been set aside for the facility, which will be part of the existing recycling centre at Montreal Street, Fremantle. Currently the closest Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) facilities to Fremantle are in Shenton Park and Henderson, both more than 14 kilometres away. The program is funded through the State's Waste Levy and delivered in partnership with the Waste Authority and the Western Australian Local Government Association. The Fremantle facility is expected to be operational by late 2020 and will be open to all households, not just those in Fremantle. A range of hazardous materials are accepted through the program including aerosols, batteries, paints and flares. The Fremantle facility will bring the number of HHW collection points in the State to 14 with nine of those in the metropolitan area. There is no charge to use HHW facilities. Once collected, materials are recycled where possible (metal tins, plastic containers, batteries, fluorescent lights, gas cylinders, aerosol cans etc.). Materials such as flammable liquids and paint are recycled into fuel for specialist applications, and acids and alkalis are neutralised and disposed of safely. The allocated $50,000 funding for the Fremantle facility will be used to build the HHW storage facility, plus purchase equipment to enable City of Fremantle staff to safely accept, handle and store the dropped off HHW materials. More information on the disposal of hazardous household waste, including what can and cannot be dropped off, and how to safely transport HHW, can be found at https//www.wasteauthority.wa.gov.au/programs/view/household-hazardous-waste Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "Most West Australians want to do the right thing with their waste and they want to recycle right. "Items such as batteries, paint and chemicals cannot be placed in household bins, in fact it can be dangerous to do so. "Having a facility such as the new Fremantle Hazardous Household Waste facility will provide households with a local collection point to drop off all their unwanted HHW materials and help reduce the environmental damage caused by incorrect disposal. "Not only will the new facility provide a safe disposal method for hazardous material, it will also provide the opportunity for that material to be recycled into something useful." Comments attributed to Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk "Residents in and around Fremantle take their responsibility for the environment seriously, and know that there are many opportunities for recycling that we can improve upon. "I am proud to be part of a State Government that prioritises initiatives like this Household Hazardous Waste collection facility, which will enable Fremantle residents to reduce their environmental footprint by bringing less waste to landfill." Minister's office - 6552 5800
Election commitment delivered to save Beeliar Wetlands8083Department 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; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs 30290html16/05/2020 7:12:17 AM2020-05-16T05:40:00Z McGowan Government delivers on commitment to protect the Beeliar Wetlands Important wetland area now included in A-Class conservation reserve Registration officially ends debate on flawed Perth Freight Link project Metropolitan Region Scheme amendment currently sitting in Legislative CouncilThe McGowan Labor Government has delivered on its commitment to permanently protect Beeliar Wetlands from the Liberal Party's flawed Perth Freight Link by creating an A-Class conservation reserve. First flagged in mid-2018, all land owned in freehold by the State Government - north of Hope Road and west of Bibra Drive - will be amalgamated and set aside as a conservation reserve to be managed by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions. This detailed and complex process has been ongoing and was finalised this week. The protection of the regional park will ensure the land, which supports critically important habitat for flora and fauna, can never be used for a freight link, giving certainty to the local community to enjoy for generations to come. Since coming to Government, all funding set aside for the flawed Perth Freight Link has been redirected to other road and METRONET projects, that are either underway or completed. These projects continue to support thousands of local WA jobs. A number of other policy initiatives to address traffic through the entire area are also well established, including an increase of container traffic from road to rail, with the percentage of freight on rail increasing from 15 per cent to as high as nearly 24 per cent in March 2020; construction underway on the High Street and Stirling Highway intersection upgrade in Fremantle; several new intersection upgrades along Leach Highway to improve safety and traffic flow; and planning well underway for a new Fremantle traffic bridge, and new rail bridge, to create capacity for even more freight on rail.Work on planning for future long-term freight demand is well advanced, with the independent Westport Taskforce recently finalising its latest report for Government to consider. The Metropolitan Region Scheme (Beeliar Wetlands) Bill 2018 that will rezone 85 hectares of the wetland from Primary Regional Roads to Parks and Recreation passed through the Legislative Assembly in August 2019. Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti "Western Australians gave the McGowan Government a clear mandate not to build Perth Freight Link - we made a clear promise and we have delivered. "It was a deeply flawed, controversial project that I am pleased has now been laid to rest. "The creation of an A-Class conservation reserve is the best way to ensure the Beeliar Wetlands remain protected for future generations. "Meanwhile, we have introduced a number of initiatives to manage traffic along Leach Highway, including new road projects, and pushing a record amount of freight onto rail. "We continue to move forward with our long-term freight and trade vision, in the best interests of the whole WA community." Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "A-class reserves are the highest level of protection given to natural areas in Western Australia and the creation of this reserve is a major victory for the community. "We listened to the community and stopped Roe 8 and have now committed to reversing the damage and protecting the wetlands. "The land that was cleared to make way for the freight link is already being rehabilitated by the Rehabilitating Roe 8 Working Group, ensuring the Beeliar Wetlands and its conservation values will remain for future generations." Comments attributed to Lands Minister Ben Wyatt "The registration now provides certainty to everyone and secures the long-term future of the former Roe 8 alignment as a conservation reserve. "The Liberal Party's only policy to date is to build Roe 8 and Roe 9, even though they have no idea how much it will cost to complete the project and how they will fund it." Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500Environment Minister's office - 6552 5800 Lands Minister's office - 6552 5900
Grants open to assist wildlife rehabilitators7747Department 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; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs 20360html14/05/2020 7:00:10 AM2020-05-14T06:55:00Z A total of $150,000 is available under a new State Government grants program, in partnership with the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife Grants available for licensed groups and individuals, with applications open until Friday, May 29, 2020 Licensed wildlife rehabilitators are set to benefit from a new grants program announced today by the McGowan Government. The one-year Wildlife Heroes Rehabilitation and Emergency Grants 2020 will support licensed rehabilitators to care for sick and injured native wildlife, with the aim of releasing them back into the wild. A total of $150,000 is available, made up of $100,000 from State Government funds and $50,000 from the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife's Wildlife Heroes project. Individuals will be able to apply for up to $500, while groups of 2-20 people can access up to $2,500 and groups of more than 20 people can seek a maximum of $10,000. Successful applicants will be able to use funds for relevant items, such as to purchase specialist equipment, animal food, first aid supplies, veterinary support, reference materials and the development and implementation of training courses. To be eligible to apply, wildlife rehabilitators or groups must hold or have applied for a fauna possessing (other purposes) licence under the Biodiversity Conservation Regulations 2018 to undertake wildlife rehabilitation activities. Individuals who are part of a group do not need to hold their own licence if the group is licensed. The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions has waived the fee for this licence until June 30, 2021. For more details and to apply for the grant, visit http//pws.dbca.wa.gov.au/faunalicences Applications close Friday, May 29, 2020. Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson "The McGowan Government values the vital work of wildlife rehabilitators, with many going above and beyond to provide a high standard of care to some of Western Australia's most vulnerable wildlife. "By investing in this program, we are supporting not just wildlife rehabilitators, but also some of the State's most vulnerable wildlife. This has been particularly tough in recent times with wildlife rehabilitation groups unable to raise funds through their usual avenues. "The one-year grants will support successful applicants to have the resources and knowledge they need to provide native animals with high quality care so they can be successfully released back to the wild." Minister's office - 6552 5800