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Department of Parks and Wildlife

Established in WA: 2013
17 Dick Perry Avenue, Technology Park, Western Precinct, KENSINGTON, 6151
08 9219 9000

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Notable People

NamePositionYear Started
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Gordon Wyre
Deputy Director General, Parks & Conservation
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Neil Burrows
Senior Principal Research Scientist2010
Kellie Pendoley
Kellie Pendoley
North West Shelf Flatback Turtle Conservation Program Scientific Panel2013
Roland Mau
Roland Mau
Manager, Riverpark Unit2015
* Most Senior WA Executive

Past Employees

NamePositionYear StartedYear Ended
Margaret Byrne Director, Science & Conservation20102017
Jim Sharp Director General20142017
Albert Jacob Minister for Environment20132017
Leanne Taylor Deputy Appeals Convenor20112012
Leanne Taylor Senior Environmental Officer20082011

Biography

The Department of Parks and Wildlife protects and conserves the State’s natural environment on behalf of the people of Western Australia. The department was established on 1 July 2013, when the former Department of Environment and Conservation was split into the Department of Parks and Wildlife and the Department of Enviromental Regulation. Its key responsibilities include conserving biodiversity and managing the State’s national parks, marine parks and other reserves, which cover a total area of more than 27 million hectares. The department is also responsible for fire preparedness and pest animal and weed control over 89 million hectares of unallocated Crown land and unmanaged reserves. The department provides support to the Marine Parks Reserves Authority and the Conservation Commission (which will be replaced by a single authority named the Conservation and Parks Commission) to carry out its functions, which are integral to the department achieving its vision and mission. The department contributes to national and international programs through national Ministerial Councils, the Natural Heritage Trust and other national programs, the work of organisations such as the IUCN (the World Conservation Union), and to the implementation of international conservation treaties in WA. On 1 July 2017 the Department of Parks and Wildlife became part of the new Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions. This new department brought together the functions and staff of the Department of Parks and Wildlife, Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority, Rottnest Island Authority and the Zoological Parks Authority.
Biography last updated 18 Dec 2017

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