News and events

Volunteering at the Western Australian Herbarium

The Western Australian Herbarium, located in Kensington, is responsible for describing and documenting Western Australia’s botanical diversity.  It is the State’s principal botanical research facility dealing with the taxonomy, distribution and status of native and introduced plants. The State collection includes more than 780,000 dried specimens of plants, algae, mosses, lichens and fungi. The Herbarium …

Kalbarri Skywalk project underway

The State Government’s world class Kalbarri Skywalk project will provide visitors with spectacular views of the rugged Murchison River Gorge and surrounding environment. The two 100-metre-high skywalks with a connecting boardwalk between them will jut out dramatically 25 metres and 17 metres beyond the rim of the gorge at one of its highest points. In …

Efforts to safeguard our rarest parrot

The remote, wildly beautiful and biodiverse Cape Arid National Park on Western Australia’s south coast is an important conservation area for 1100 species of plants and more than 160 bird species, several of which are threatened or endangered. The rarest of its birds, the western ground parrot, is known only to exist in this near …

Outstanding service recognised

Congratulations are due to WA Parks Foundation Director, Eva Skira, on her recognition in the 2019 Australia Day Honours.  Eva, who is also a Parks Ambassador, was awarded an AM (Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia). With a career background in banking and finance, Eva now has several professional roles. She …

Aboriginal ranger program funding

Expressions of Interest called last November for funding under the second round of the $20 million Aboriginal Ranger Program can be submitted to the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions until March 15, 2019.  The Aboriginal Ranger Program was developed by the State Government to create jobs, training and community development opportunities for Aboriginal people …

State’s vision for major expansion of WA parks network

Significant expansion of Western Australia’s network of national parks and reserves has been included in a program of priority goals announced this month by the State Government. The target is to create five million hectares of new WA national and marine parks and reserves over the next five years, increasing Western Australia’s conservation estate by …

Happy New Year

  The WA Parks Foundation would like to wish all readers a wonderful 2019. The Foundation is thankful to all for the support and help which is assisting the delivery of projects to conserve and improve our parks and to increase our appreciation of the wonderful asset we have in our national parks. We hope …

Park Visitor Numbers Up

A recent report by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions shows that more people are visiting our parks. WA national parks and reserves had 20.39 million visits in 2017–18, with a visitor satisfaction level of 92.5 per cent. In the past 10 years, parks have seen an increase of over 8 million visits, recording …

Welcome aboard, Matilda

Creating and implementing web and social media strategies for promotional purposes is one of the strengths the newest member of the WA Parks Foundation team brings to her role. Matilda Cunningham, appointed as Marketing and Community Engagement Project Officer, has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Curtin University, majoring in journalism and screen arts. She …

2019: The Year of More Parks, More Adventures

Is getting outdoors more often one of your new year’s resolutions? Do you enjoy camping? Are you a lover of hiking? If you answered yes to any of these, then a WA Parks Foundation membership is for you. With 100 national parks in Western Australia, there are plenty of parks to add to your outdoor …