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Threatened Species Network Grant Recipients 2000-2001

On National Threatened Species Day, September 7 2000, the Honourable Robert Hill, Minister for the Environment and Heritage announced the Threatened Species Network 2000-2001 Community Grants recipients. In this, round three of the funding, over $490,000 was awarded to 46 projects across Australia. Summaries of the projects and the important work being done by local communities for our threatened plants and animals are listed by state, below.

New South Wales

NSW Threatened Species Network Coordinator:
Francesca Andreoni
Ph: (02) 9281 5515
Fax: (02) 9281 1060

Project Title: Habitat Enhancement for the Pink Tailed Legless Lizard (Aprasia parapulchella)
Grant: $3,700
Project Summary: This project will encourage community support and involvement in implementing Recovery Actions for the nationally threatened Pink Tailed Legless Lizard. Queanbeyan Landcare will also coordinate the erection of signage and manage pedestrian and unauthorised vehicle access to the site. This project implements the actions arising from an existing Plan of Management for the Pink Tailed Legless Lizard, a flagship species for grasslands conservation.
Contact: Tom Baker - (02) 6274 1501

Project Title: Lowland Floodplain Rainforest Remnants - Weeds Control/Restoration
Grant: $4,400
Project Summary: This project aims to assist the propagation of tree and understory species in a fenced remnant of the Lowland Floodplain Rainforest, which is currently being retarded by the the growth of weeds. There are five major remnants of this threatened ecological community left in the Manning. Three are in reserves and this project addresses the other two, which are located on private land. A number of invertebrate species which are known only from this ecological community will also be protected by the work of Harrington/Crowdy Landcare Inc.
Contact: Julian Biega - (02) 6556 3118

Project Title: Stop Trampling on Hygrophoracaea fungi
Grant: $3,100
Project Summary: The focus of this project is protecting the highly restricted Hygrophoraceae fungi in Lane Cove Bushland Park by restricting access to areas where the bulk of the fruiting bodies appear, and educating the community. The park has about twice the number of hygrophoracae species as other known sites. Threats to this community of fungi include encroachment by exotic weeds, dumping of rubbish and garden waste and excess traffic in erosion prone areas. This Lane Cove Bushland and Conservation Council projects highlight a little known fungi community in a high profile area.
Contact Person: Ron Gornall - (02) 9427 1125

Project Title:Fencing and Restoration of Habitat for Onionwood (Owenia cepiodora)
Grant: $5,000
Project Summary: This project aims to protect the most south westerly known population of nationally threatened Onionwood from stock trampling and grazing by fencing the project area. The removal of environmental weeds from the fenced area will facilitate natural regeneration of subtropical rainforest habitat. This Australian Trust for Conservation Volunteers project enlists the support of the local Landcare group and will benefit other species.
Contact: David Sharp - (07) 3846 0893

Project Title: Enhancing Superb Parrot Habitat on Travelling Stock Reserve
Grant: $6,000
Project Summary: This project focuses on protection and enhancement of the Superb Parrot habitat by modifying the management of Travelling Stock Routes (TSRs). The innovative approach of this project by the NSW Wildlife Information and Rescue Service could provide a model for TSR management practises elsewhere. In the Riverine this land is vital as it contains important vegetation remnants and habitat for other threatened species like the nationally threatened Swift Parrot and the Regent Honeyeater.
Contact: NSW TSN Coordinator

Project Title: Community Care for Crepuscular Critters
Grant: $11,420
Project Summary: The project proposes to protect, enhance, connect and expand grassy White Box Woodland remnants by fencing and planting for improved management. The West Hulme Landcare Group has nominated the Squirrel Glider as its flagship species for the nationally endangered White Box Woodland threatened ecological community and will work in cooperation with other projects in the area.
Contact: Sue Rose - (02) 6029 3292

Project Title: 'Links' - Enhancing Threatened Species Habitat in the South West Slopes
Grant: $10,200
Project Summary: The project involves creation of a corridor that will link two important bocks of habitat likely to benefit many woodland species including the nationally threatened Regent Honeyeater, Superb Parrot and Swift Parrot. Joining the Dananbilla-Illunie Range with Bendick Murrell State Forest, this project builds on the reserve acquisition work undertaken by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and complements other Bushcare projects. This Murringo and East Young Landcare Group project is community based with strong landholder initiative and support.
Contact: Ray Dowling - (02) 6384 6319

Project Title: Personia bargoensis only 250 left
Grant: $4,910
Project Summary: It is believed that only 250 Personia bargoensis plants remain in existence. This project aims to propogate the species by fire to assist germination of seed and cuttings. The resulting germinated seeds will be planted into degraded forest areas undergoing restoration. This plant is endemic to Sydney and is nationally threatened. The Wirrimbirra Sanctuary Landcare group will develop a translocation plan and work with NPWS to ensure the survival of the plant.
Contact: Joy Hafey - (02) 4684 1112

Project Title: Habitat Rehabilitation in a Core Regent Honeyeater Breeding Area
Grant: $26,300
Project Summary: The project is a continuation of on-going habitat rehabilitation and protection in one of the last three remaining breeding areas of importance for nationally threatened Regent Honeyeaters. Remnant woodlands, where the project will be carried out, are some of the most threatened ecosystems in Australia. The project builds on Bushcare and Commonwealth Endangered Species Program projects and there are opportunities to involve other local community groups in this Birds Australia(Northern NSW Group) initiative.
Contact: Andrew Ley - (02) 6772 5358

Project Title: Cumberland Plain Woodland Protection - Freemans Reach
Grant: $5,000
Project Summary: Fencing, signage and bush regeneration activitieas are proposed in the Hawkesbury City local government area to protect the target area of Cumberland Plain Woodland and shale/limestone forest. The main threats to this important nationally listed endangered ecological community are from damage by vehicle access and weeds. The Glossodia Park Bushcare Group also aim to re-instate some lost areas of bushland.
Contact: NSW TSN Coordinator

Project Title: Grey Box Woodland and Restoration Project
Grant: $5,340
Project Summary: The area of works propsed by he Friends of Allan Carroll Flora and Fauna Reserve is a remnant of about 100ha, where bird populations are declining. A significant remnant of Grey Box Woodland, the project area is currently in a relatively healthy state but invasion by pest plants and animals and rubbish dumping may threaten its long term viability. This project aims to arrest existing damage and begin an ongoing program of management for biodiversity conservation. While the area is not yet formally listed it is considered to be endangered and this project represents a pro-active move to ensure its preservation into the future.
Contact: Gayle Murphy - (02) 6927 1478

Project Title: Gundaroo Common Sign & Management
Grant: $900
Project Summary: The Gundaroo Common Trust project will inform the public of the significance of the Gundaroo Common and the high number of threatened species it contains. The project proposes to educate the local community about threatened species present, such as the Golden Sun Moth, Superb Parrot and Hoary Sunray, by erecting signs at the site. Grass slashing in good seasons will also be used to facilitate management of the site. The Gundaroo Common Trust holds a public event on the site every year to raise funds for continued management and maintains ongoing liaison with stakeholders.
Contact: Helen Willet - (02) 6236 8129

Project Title: Bush Regeneration for Conservation of Remnant Lowland Rainforest, Bellingen Island
Grant: $19,000
Project Summary: This project focuses on weeding activity in this remnant rainforest site near Bellingen. Outcomes will include interpretative signage and improved access to the site, as well as the spreading of knowledge and expertise in bush regeneration in the area. The Grey-headed Flying Fox found at the site has been nominatied for listing at state level. The bush regeneration activities proposed by Bellingen Island Landcare Group will highlight forest habitat values to the local community.
Contact: Ross Macleay - (02) 6657 2411

Project Title: Saving the Woodland Birds of the Liverpool Plains
Grant: $31,879
Project Summary: Birds Australiain conjunction with the Liverpool Plains Land Management Committee aims to provide an incentive program to encourage landowners to do bird habitat protection work in woodland remnants. A large number of threatened woodland birds will benefit through the project, including the nationally threatened Swift Parrot and the regionally threatened Powerful Owl and Turquoise Parrot. Community involvement will help to achieve awareness of habitat importance and contribute to local ownership of conservation measures.
Contact: Mick Fendley - (03) 9882 2622

Northern Territory

NT Threatened Species Network Coordinator:
Colleen O'Malley
Ph: (08) 8952 1541
Fax: (08) 8953 2988

Project Title: Regional Management of Mulgara Populations near Uluru
Grant: $8835
Project Summary: The project will use a mix of indigenous and scientific knowledge to formulate and develop management plans for the nationally threatened Mulgara. The Mutitjulu Community project will survey the population of this small carnivorous marsupial around Uluru and examine the major threats to its survival. An associated benefit is that the project provides an opportunity to get younger Aboriginal Traditional Owners to facilitate skills and knowledge transfer.
Contact: Steve McAlpin - (08) 8952 4949


Queensland Threatened Species Network Coordinator:
Mr Mike Gregory
Ph: (07) 3221 0573
Fax: (07) 3839 2633

Project Title: Anderson Road Landscape Linkage
Grant: $18,800
Project Summary: The project aims to stimulate awareness of the status of complex Mesophyll Vine Forest. The project will work to engage landholders in helping to secure the future of the Mesophyll Vine Forest and the future of species like the rare Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo that occur within it. This innovative TREAT Inc project involves important habitat likely to benefit the regional ecosystem and a plan to restore vegetation along the site's stream.
Contact: Qld TSN Coordinator

Project Title: Field Survey for Xeromys myoides in the Wet Tropics Coast
Grant: $4,500
Project Summary: The False Water Rat is little known in Northern Queensland. This project aims to develop a training program for volunteers to survey the landward mangrove edges in Council Reserves, Cairns Port Authority land, national park and other public land to better understand the species' local presence. The Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland has already initiated survey work in the Southern Moreton Bay with successful results.
Contact: Nigel Western - (07) 4031 6619

Project Title: Protecting Spot-tailed Quolls on the Atherton Tablelands
Grant: $27,700
Project Summary: The most serious threat to the nationally endangered Spot-tailed Quoll in this region is accidental and deliberate killing by landowners. The Tree Kangaroo and Mammal Group aim to reduce killings through awareness raising activities, quoll friendly dog baiting programs and on-ground fencing support for the construction of quoll-safe chicken pens.
Contact: Scott Burnett - (07) 4096 3350

Project Title: Restoration of Karawatha Sub-Coastal Wet Heath
Grant: $5,160
Project Summary: This project aims to encourage cooperation of the local council and community to repair and revegetate the Sub-coastal Wet Heath ecosystem of which less than 4% remains. The Karawatha Forest Protection Society project will also provide a model of rehabilitation for frog habitat as two species of frog, the little known nationally vulnerable Wallum Froglet and the Green Thighed Frog, rely on this heath ecosystem.
Contact: Qld TSN Coordinator

Project Title: Spectacled Flying Fox monitoring project
Grant: $9,554
Project Summary: Monitoring activity over the last two years has indicated a significant decline in the population of the Spectacled Flying Fox. This high priority survey to be conducted by the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland will confirm the figures and help determine the conservation status of the species in order that adequate protection can be initiated.
Contact: Nigel Western - (07) 4031 6619

Project Title: Woogaroo Creek Multiple Species Enhancement Project
Grant: $12,785
Project Summary: Remnants of Woogaroo Scrub are currently under pressure from expanding urbanisation and continual vegetation clearing. The project aims to protect and enhance the habitat of the Woogaroo Scrub ecosystem for the long-term survival of dependent native animals and plants. The area supported by the action of Six Mile, Woogaroo and Goodna Creeks Catchment Group is regionally significant, containing regionally threatened species such as the Powerful Owl, Grey Goshawk and the Glossy Black Cockatoo.
Contact: Kaye Cavanagh - (07) 3814 0237

Project Title: Prosperine Rock Wallaby Habitat Extension, Mt Lucas
Grant: $15,483
Project Summary: The project aims to establish a vegetation corridor to provide a food source for the nationally endangered Prosperine Rock Wallaby as well as protective cover for animals travelling to a permanent water source. The Pioneer Integrated Catchment Management Association Inc also aims to extend the habitat of the species in the area onto freehold land.
Contact: Qld TSN Coordinator

Project Title: Protecting Threatened Species of the Upper Mary/Stanley Catchments
Grant: $35,000
Project Summary: This project is to enhance the long-term health of 646 ha of significant Council and State Forest reserves. The region addressed by the highly active Barung Landcare Association has high biodiversity and threatened species values including the nationally endangered Coxen's Fig Parrot and the Giant Barred Frog. The project will establish buffer zones and link remnant patches using local indigenous plants.
Contact: Qld TSN Coordinator

Project Title: Rehabilitation and Protection of the False Water Rat (Xeromys myoides) and Other Threatened Wildlife Habitat
Grant: 18,449.50
Project Summary: The project aims tominimise a range of threats to the nationally vulnerable False Water Rat's foraging and nesting habitat. Indirect impacts such as poor water quality entering the habitat and direct impacts such as trampling and predation by domestic and feral animals will be addressed. The Pioneer Integrated Catchment Management Association Inc has undertaken survey work of a very high quality to ensure the success of this project which will also benefit other species such as the Eastern Curlew and Black-necked Stork.
Contact: Qld TSN Coordinator

Project Title: Wietalaba Endangered Species Rehabilitation Program
Grant: $17,500
Project Summary: The main objective of this project is to reduce the fire risk of the site area by 80% in order to protect nationally endangered native plants species such as Rhodamnia augustfolia and Oldenlandia gibsonii. The Calliope Landcare Group will do this by establishing a Weed/Fire Management Strategic Plan, including an initial eradication program (for lantana in particular) and further follow up programs in the next 12 months.
Contact: Qld TSN Coordinator

South Australia

South Australian Threatened Species Network Coordinator:
Ms Vicki-Jo Russell
Ph: (08) 8223 5155
Fax: (08) 82324782

Project Title: Reef Watch - Feral or in Peril
Project Summary: This project will gather data on the distribution and abundance of threatened and introduced marine species in SA. Building on an established successful program, the data collected by this Conservation Council of SA will be used to provide information to reef management agencies. Species to benefit from this project will include the nationally threatened Grey Nurse Shark and Great White Shark.
Contact: SA TSN Coordinator

Project Title: Closing Artificial Watering Points for Endangered Birds
Grant: $24,386
Project Summary: The project aims to assist in the recovery of the nationally endangered Black-Eared Miner by closing the last dams in the area and erecting exclusion fencing around two house dams to reduce grazing pressure, which threatens the recovery of this species. Other nationally threatened bird species including the endangered Mallefowl will also benefit from the work of the Birds Australia Gluepot Reserve.
Contact: SA TSN Coordinator

Project Title: Development of Community Support Structures for the Southern Emu-wren Recovery
Grant: $4,820
Project Summary: The Conservation Council of SA is hosting a Swamp Awareness Day in November 2000. Bringing together groups with an interest in swamp conservation on the Fleurieu Peninsula the day aims to raise community awareness about threats to the nationally threatened Southern Emu-wren and its habitat. A field day for industry is also planned. Building strong partnerships with the emerging viticulture, olive and other alternative industries as well as the dairy industry, is a key aspect of the recovery of this species and its swamp habitat.
Contact: SA TSN Coordinator

Project Title: Bush for Life: Local Volunteers Protecting Vegetation Communities
Grant: $20,000
Project Summary: The objective of this project is to protect threatened vegetation communities by upgrading training and equipment for volunteers working in existing priority sites. Forty-five sites have been identified by Trees for Life Inc as having a priority five or higher and five new high priority sites are being established for threatened ecological communities within the state.
Contact: SA TSN Coordinator

Project Title: Re-introduction of Threatened Species to Arid Recovery
Grant: $12,900
Project Summary: The focus of the project is to obtain nationally threatened Western-barred Bandicoots and Burrowing Bettongs from WA for re-introduction into the site at Roxby Downs. Friends of the Arid Recovery Project also intend to capture wild Bilbies in WA to improve the genetic stock of re-introduced populations on Thistle Island and the Arid Recovery Project.
Contact: SA TSN Coordinator

Project Title: Dorset Vale Road Native Vegetation Conservation Project
Grant: $3,500
Project Summary: Cherry Gardens Conservations Group will undertake a botanical survey and develop an action plan for the site with a view to protecting and conserving the remnant vegetation and the Endangered White Spider Orchid.
Contact: SA TSN Coordinator


Tasmania Threatened Species Network Coordinator: Mr Peter McGlone
Ph: (03) 6234 3552
Fax: (03) 6231 2491

Project Title: Conserving the Rare Ptunarra Brown Butterfly on Farmland
Grant: $3,350
Project Summary: The greatest threats to the nationally threatened Ptunarra Brown Butterfly are clearing, grazing and weed infestations. This project aims to conserve the species by demonstrating various farmer-oriented approaches through translocation, strategic fencing, fire management, and propagation of grassland corridors to connect remnants. The Midlands Tree Committee will also implement a program to promote the species to local schools.
Contact: Dr Peter McQuillian - (03) 6226 2840

Project Title: Community Surveys to Identify Habitats of Threatened Fauna Species in Production Forests
Grant: $14,568
Project Summary: This project is an innovative pilot project aimed at involving volunteers in official surveys to improve knowledge and understanding of threatened species habitats in State forests. Results will then form the basis for developing improved management and reserves. This Tasmanian Conservation Trust project will focus on species such as the nationally threatened Tiger Quoll and Giant Tasmanian Freshwater Lobster and will serve as a model for other possible future community forest surveys in Tasmania.
Contact: Michael Lynch - (03) 6234 3552


Victorian Threatened Species Network Coordinator:
Ms Felicity Faris
Ph: (03) 9650 8296
Fax: (03) 9654 6843

Project Title: Habitat Protection for the Pink-tailed Worm Lizard
Grant: $4,950
Project Summary: The project aims to prevent the impact of a proposed development on key habitat of the nationally threatened Pink-tailed Worm Lizard. The sub-division is proposed on private land. In a significant move to get developers and communities working together, the Bendigo Field Naturalist's Club proposes to identify and protect priority habitat and to establish a cooperative management agreement with the developer.
Contact: Rod Orr - (03) 5443 5668

Project Title: Restoration of Degraded Mosslands in the Victorian Alps
Grant: $9,500
Project Summary: The project focuses on an important and fragile alpine plant community in the Victorian Alps. Impacted on by recreation activities in the region, the Bogong High Plains Restoration Alliance has specialised in the restoration and management of these damaged alpine mossbeds. The project is raising awareness and building expertise in ecological community that is poorly understood.
Contact: Allan Lee - (03) 9479 2193 or Warwick Papst - (03) 9479 1230

Project Title: Habitat Protection for the Striped Legless Lizard
Grant: $2,150
Project Summary: The project aim is to fence Lake Eppalock forshore to prevent sheep access into the remnant grassland habitat of the nationally endangered Striped Legless Lizard. This work by the Upper Campaspe Combined Landcare Group will complete an existing boundary, allowing grazing pressure to be removed for regeneration of grassland habitat.
Contact: Jill Fredericks - (03) 5433 2933

Project Title: Surveys for Leadbeater's Possum in the Macedon Region
Grant: $5,990
Project Summary: A priority survey project to locate nationally endangered Leadbeater's Possum in the Macedon Range. Provision of nest boxes aimed at establishing habitats occupied by the possum to help conserve other hollow-dependent fauna in locations where mature trees are limited. The project coordinated by the Macedon Range Conservation Society demonstrates a pro-active response to the predicted decline of this species in other key habitats as well as strong links between various government and non-government groups.
Contact: Marcus Ward - (03) 5423 5254, Mobile 0427 235 254

Project Title: Protecting Yarra Pygmy Perch Habitat Along Thompsons Creek
Grant: $5,000
Project Summary: On-ground works and community eduction are the project focus for the protection of the small and isolated habitat of the nationally threatened Yarra Pygmy Perch. This project aims to encourage the community within the Thompson Creek Catchment to actively promote the protection of this nationally listed vulnerable species. The work of the Thompsons Creek Catchment Committee links with two other projects funded under this year's round of Threatened Species Network Community Grants.
Contact: Andrew Boyle - (03) 5261 0605

Project Title: Riparian Habitat Restoration for Variegated and Yarra Pygmy Perch
Grant: $19,900
Project Summary: This project aims to secure suitable habitat for the nationally threatened Yarra Pygmy Perch at Miakite and McRae creeks by fencing riverbank vegetation to prevent cattle access and by implementing revegetation programs through existing Landcare and Catchment Management Authority Programs. The work of the Tahara West Landcare Protection Group is doubly important as habitat protection on this site is also important to the survival of the Variegated Pygmy Perch, which is also nationally threatened.
Contact: Vic TSN Coordinator

Project Title: Yarra Pygmy Perch Protection in Deep Creek
Grant: $3,800
Project Summary: In this project a one hectare section of riverbank vegetation will be fenced and planted with indigenous species to provide habitat for the nationally threatened Yarra Pygmy Perch. Signs will be erected by the Deep Creek Landcare Group to promote the significance of the site and the impacts of grazing, poaching and erosion on the survival of this species.
Contact: Jenny Green - (03) 5429 1592

Project Title: Tympanocryptis diemensis ssp Anglesea Survey and Awareness
Grant: $1,000
Project Summary: The project is aimed at raising public awareness of the needs of this restricted reptile through the production of an information brochure and a survey to identify and investigate habitat characteristics. Further research is needed on this particular species as it is isolated and appears to be different from other Mountain Dragons suggesting it might need future Commonwealth listing as nationally threatened. The interest and important work of the Friends of the Anglesea Mountain Dragon is an integral part of the species ensured protection.
Contact: Di Tilley - (03) 5227 2367

Project Title: Lollipop Creek Conservation Project
Grant: $16,044
Project Summary: Practical and easy management of habitat to ensure the survival of the regionally threatened Small Scurf Pea is the aim of this project from the Wyndham Lakes Residents Association. In an area that will shortly be completely surrounded by urban development, the project is an example of urban conservation initiatives linking developer, council and community in a conservation outcome.
Contact: David Gardiner - (03) 9368 4828

West Australia

WA Threatened Species Network Coordinator:
Sandra McKenzie,
Ph: (08) 9387-6444 Fax: (08) 9387 6180

Project Title: Verticordia spicata subsp. squamosa Translocation
Grant: $4,042
Project Summary: The project focuses on the translocation of the nationally endangered Scaly-leaved Featherflower to private land that has been protected by a 30 year covenant. Using tested but experimental techniques, and involving cooperation between the local community and the State Agency, the project will provide good opportunities for community learning. Currently the Scaly-leaved Featherflower is only known from five small populations, highlighting the importance of this Mingenew Land Conservation District Committee project.
Contact: Robyn Soullier - (08) 9972 6060 or
Alanna Chant - 0413 519 637 work - (08) 9921 5955

Project Title: Essential Thrombolite Protection Program
Grant: $10,237
Project Summary: Lake Richmond is the site of a nationally endangered community of thrombolites, one of the few places in the world where these 'living rocks' grow. Volunteers with the Rockingham Regional Environment Centre have been working for two years to save this special and endangered community - one of the earliest forms on earth - from invasion by weeds and encroaching development. The next phase of the project involves training of volunteers, many of them unemployed, in habitat restoration, skills that will transfer to benefit other sites in the region.
Contact: Bob Goodale - mobile: 0413 824 101 or (08) 9591 3077

Project Title: Restoring the Plant Community on Greenough Alluvial Flats
Grant: $4,931
Project Summary: The project seeks to collect seeds and restore the plant communities found on Greenough Alluvial Flats, all of which are in a degraded state, infested by weeds and at risk from fire. The project is a prime example of a collaborative effort, involving the National Trust of Australia (WA), CALM and the local school, to combine technical expertise and strong community support. This work will set a precedent to carry out similar restoration projects on Threatened Ecological Communities around the state.
Contact: Lesley Thomas - mobile 0409 918 285 or (08) 9321 6088

Project Title: Conserving Olive Pythons of the Burrup
Grant: $4,700
Project Summary: A collaborative information-gathering project on the python's population in the Burrup region that brings together community and scientific expertise. The Nickol Bay Naturalists' project is essential in identifying habitat requirements of the nationally threatened Olive Python, to ensure critical habitat is not damaged by infrastructure such as roads, powerlines or pipelines. The python is Australia's largest snake growing to a length of 6.5 metres.
Contact: Stephen van Leeuwin - mobile 0409 105 140