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Feature park: Two Peoples Bay

wo Peoples Bay Nature reserve

When an American whaling ship lay anchor in a bay 35km east of Albany in 1803 at the same time a French vessel was exploring the same coastline, it seemed only fitting to call the sheltered waters Two Peoples Bay after their chance meeting. Partly sheltered from the Southern Ocean by the granite massifs of …

Turtle monitoring in the Pilbara

turtle

Words from the Ningaloo Turtle Program The 2016–17 Ningaloo Turtle Program (NTP) season is now underway in the Pilbara. Volunteers have arrived from all over the world to assist in monitoring turtle nesting activity along the North West Cape and so far are seeing plenty of turtle activity. Already we’re seeing a lot of action …

Tourism’s social entrepreneurship

Amy Carter James

While many tourism businesses donate goods and/or services to local causes, few actually take it to the next level and engage with local communities to make a real difference. Social entrepreneurship occurs when businesses develop, fund and implement innovative solutions to social, cultural, or environmental issues. Two world class experts, Amy Carter-James and Albert Teo, …

Park tales: Deep River Walk Trail

Deep River Suspension Bridge

Blogger, photographer and hiking enthusiast Mark recently visited Mount Clare in Walpole-Nornalup National Park and hiked the Deep River Walk Trail. Here is an extract from his website Life of Py “Whilst taking in a section of the Bibbulmun from Walpole to Mt Clare, we stumbled across the trail head for the Nuyts Wilderness Area and …

Greenbushes WA’s tidiest town

Tin man sculpture made from recycled materials

Out of a population of about 600 people, more than 400 Greenbushes residents volunteered their time to contribute to some outstanding sustainability initiatives in small town in WA’s south-west. Greenbushes has been chosen as the 2016 Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities award winner for its many projects including Without Waste, which deters people from buying bottled …

Looking ahead in 2017

Park Ambassador Nat Fyfe

Momentum is continuing to build for the WA Parks Foundation in 2017, with six new Park Ambassadors, including the new captain of the Fremantle Football Club, Nat Fyfe, coming on board recently to inspire people to appreciate and enjoy our parks. Monthly Board meetings have focussed on securing funding, staff, volunteers and prioritising initial projects …

Defying cancer in nature

Young adult cancer fighters and survivors are using nature to reclaim their lives and connect with others through First Descents program. Participants are empowered to climb, paddle and surf beyond their diagnosis and defy their cancer in the great outdoors. https://www.facebook.com/CNNHeroes/videos/10154428535302489/?autoplay_reason=gatekeeper&video_container_type=0&video_creator_product_type=2&app_id=2392950137&live_video_guests=0

New Bibbulmun side track

The world-famous Waugul symbol on the Bibbulmun Track has gone green, marking a new spur track built to connect Yabberup camp site (south of Collie) and Wellington Dam recreation area.  The new 19km Bibbulmun Wellington Spur Trail was built with the help of Lotterywest and was designed with students and youth groups in mind with …

Peel Youth Bush Walks

In response to the overwhelming evidence around the benefits of spending time outdoors, Peel Youth Services are tackling teen mental health by hitting the hiking trails. The good people at Nature Play WA pointed out that spending 30 minutes a week in nature reduces depressive states and high blood pressure by 7 to 9 per …

WA Parks Foundation officially launched

A shared love for WA Parks brought more than 140 members of the community, corporate sector and peak organisations to Government House to launch the WA Parks Foundation on Wednesday 19 October. (Parks mean all categories of land and marine areas set aside, reserved or identified in or under Western Australian legislation for the purpose …