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Feature park: Ningaloo Marine Park Celebrates 30 Years

The home of Australia’s largest fringing coral reef, Ningaloo Marine Park, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Ningaloo Marine Park coordinator Peter Barnes said that within 15 minutes of jumping on a boat, visitors can encounter sea turtles, dugongs, manta rays, dolphins, killer whales and of course the wonderful whale sharks. “The park also provides …

WA Parks Foundation granted Deductible Gift Recipient status

The Federal Minister for Environment has recently endorsed the WA Parks Foundation as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) entering it in the Register of Environmental Organisations. This provides the Foundation with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status meaning any donations of $2.00 or more are eligible for a tax deduction under the Income Tax Assessment Act …

FACET Conference will ‘Celebrate our Parks’

Celebrating our unique, stunning and biologically diverse parks and reserves, will be the focus of the Forum Advocating Cultural and Eco Tourism Inc (FACET) annual tourism conference being held from 9-11 October 2017 at Government House. As an organisation dedicated to encouraging people to experience and enjoy our natural and cultural landscapes, FACET is delighted …

Forest Bathing boosts the immune system claims Japanese study

Forest bathing is being in the presence of trees and became part of a national public health program in Japan in 1982. The Japanese have spent millions of dollars studying the physiological and psychological effects of forest bathing. When we breathe fresh air, we inhale phytoncides (airborne chemicals that plants emit to protect themselves from insects). …

Family’s Flock to Yanchep National Park to Build Cubbies

Kids building cubbies was a bustling activity that drew approximately 5,000 people to Yanchep National Park on Sunday 30 April for WA’s first ever “Cubby Town” event, an initiative of Nature Play WA. Children were encouraged to build cubby structures and enjoy other outdoor activities including crafts made from supplied natural materials. The event aimed …

Healthy Wildlife, Healthy Lives website launched on World Wildlife Day  

Keeping wildlife healthy is the aim of a new website launched by the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council (EMRC), in conjunction with long-term partners Murdoch University, Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation and Native Animal Rescue. Supported by Lotterywest, the new Healthy Wildlife website was launched on 3 March 2017, to coincide with World Wildlife Day as part of …

Park tales: Opera in the Regions

Open-air opera, it’s an experience like no other. The West Australian Opera has been taking live opera to iconic and inspiring WA locations such as The Pinnacles, Greenough and in November to the Valley of the Giants, in celebration of its 50th Anniversary. Close to 400 people attended the most recent concert at Nambung National …

Government House Open Day – A Great Day

More than 4,000 visitors enjoyed the opportunity to visit Government House, and spend time in the house, ballroom and gardens on 30 April 2017. Visitors stopped by the WA Parks Foundation display to meet and chat with General Manager Melanie Wilshin, Robin Piesse, (Board Adviser, Strategy Governance) and volunteer Lori-Ann Shibish. Most were keen to …

National Volunteer Week

Volunteers make an enormous contribution to society and the third week of May is designated National Volunteer Week which serves to acknowledge those people who so generously give of their time and services. With more than 29 million hectares of Parks across Western Australia, every little bit of help makes a difference. Volunteers in the …

Volunteering

Have you ever thought about volunteering in Western Australia’s parks in one of many roles, including becoming a Campground Host? To find out more about volunteer opportunities with WA Parks Foundation go to https://www.ourwaparks.org.au/volunteering/ Hear from other volunteers who spoke at the Annual Campground Host Workshop 2015 in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXEJ2dVYmko. For volunteer opportunities with …