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Interview with the Parks and Wildlife departing Director General Jim Sharp

The WA Parks Foundation would like to congratulate Jim Sharp on his energy, ideas, resolve and support which were critical in helping establish the Foundation. In March 2014 Jim was appointed Director General, Department of Parks and Wildlife after nearly 30 years in parks and conservation management. Prior to that he was Deputy Director General …

Park Tales: Best Hiking Trips in the South West of Western Australia.

Simon and Emily from Inspiration Outdoors have a great Walking Blog and recently published their thoughts on the Best Hiking Trips in the South West of Western Australia. “The down south road trip is one of the great Western Australian traditions (or #douth as the young people now call it) with the basic concept of …

Feature Urban Park: Yellagonga Regional Park

Yellagonga Regional Park is approximately 13 kilometres long and contains numerous activities to keep both young and old entertained. It contains several lakes and wetlands which are part of a larger chain of water bodies which stretch from north of the park south to Cockburn. A local community group, ‘Friends of Yellagonga Park’ regularly clean …

What to do in Parks – Birding/Twitching

Twitching

Another way to enjoy our parks is through the activity of “birding” or “twitching” (bird watching). The main goal of twitching is often to accumulate species on one’s lists. Some birders engage in competition to accumulate the longest species list. The act of the pursuit itself is referred to as a twitch or a chase. …

Feature park: D’Entrecasteaux National Park

D’Entrecasteaux National Park is a narrow strip of land 5 to 20 km wide which stretches along the south coast along the Indian Ocean for more than 130 kilometres between Augusta and Walpole. It is the result of the amalgamation of various State forests and timber reserves, Crown land, Shire of Manjimup reserves, conservation reserves, …

Urban Park Volunteers – Friends of Yellagonga Regional Park

Perth has many volunteer community groups who are concerned about and involved in urban parks and bushland. Often called “Friends” groups, these champions of parkland provide a valuable service to our community parks. One such group is the Friends of Yellagonga Regional Park” or FOY who are a group of local enthusiastic conservation volunteers who …

International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017

#IY2017

The United Nations General Assembly declared 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development recalling the potential of tourism to advance the universal 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This is 12 months to celebrate and promote the contribution of the tourism sector to building a better …

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 …