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Threatened Species Network Grant Recipients 2002-2003

On September 6, the 2002 Threatened Species Network Community Grants recipients were announced. The Grants are a joint initiative of the $2.7 billion Natural Heritage Trust and the World Wide Fund For Nature. Summaries of the projects are listed by state, below.

For further information on any of the projects listed here or to get in contact with proponents, please contact the National Threatened Species Network coordinator:

Nicola Markus, WWF
Ph: (02) 9281 5515
Fax: (02) 9281 1060

New South Wales

Project Title: Habitat protection, enhancement and restoration in a core Regent Honeyeater area
Grant: $18 300
Proponent: Birds Australia - Northern NSW Group
Project Description: Previous rehabilitation projects undertaken in endangered Regent Honeyeater breeding areas have found that enthusiasm in the farming community for conservation projects is high. This project builds on the momentum established from previous projects and will help protect, enhance and link open-forest or woodland habitat, particularly Box Ironbark communities, which are important for the Regent Honeyeater as well as a range of other native species.

Project Title: Restoration of Grassy White Box Woodland Community - Tarcutta NSW
Grant: $3400
Proponent: Australian Bush Heritage Fund
Project Description: The endangered Grassy White Box Woodlands originally occurred along the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range from southern Queensland to central Victoria and provided a habitat for threatened species such as the Swift Parrot. However many areas containing this ecological community have since been cleared and very few high quality patches remain. Together with community assistance, the Australian Bush Heritage Fund aims to develop a fire management strategy to help restore 158 hectares of Grassy Whitebox Woodland on the Tarcutta Hills Reserve.

Project Title: Lord Howe Island Walking Track Weed Guide
Grant: $1600
Proponent: Friends of Lord Howe Island
Project Description: Weeds are the primary threat to the World Heritage values of Lord Howe Island. While Lord Howe is fortunate in that much of its original native flora and fauna is still intact, weed invasions are a constant and very real threat. This project will create Walkers Guides that identify common walking track weeds. The guides will provide instructions on which species to remove and will help to increase community awareness and participation.

Project Title: Community Based Restoration of the Bathurst Copper (Copperwing) Butterfly Habitat, Lithgow
Grant: $8285
Proponent: Lithgow and District Community Nursery
Project Description: This project seeks to establish a long-term cooperative approach involving industry, the community and government agencies in the rehabilitation and expansion of a large section of Bathurst Copper Butterfly habitat in Lithgow. The group has already successfully rehabilitated a highly degraded former mine site into a habitat area which is naturally regenerating with minimal input from nursery volunteers.

Project Title: Regent Honeyeater Habitat Enhancement, Capertee Valley NSW
Grant: $14 080
Proponent: Birds Australia
Project Description: Birds Australia volunteers will plant 800 trees and shrubs on three sites in the Capertee Valley to provide additional feeding and nesting habitat for the nationally endangered Regent Honeyeater. The project extends a revegetation program undertaken by Birds Australia which implements key actions listed in the Regent Honeyeater Recovery Plan.

Project Title: Community Initiative Supporting Targeted Regional FOXTAP on Private Land
Grant: $4480
Proponent: Upper Clarence Combined Landcare Inc.
Project Description: Predation by foxes threatens populations of nationally threatened species such as the Southern Barred Frog and the Black Breasted Button-quail. This project supports the New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service regional Fox Threat Abatement Plan and aims to reduce the impacts of predation on threatened species. Coordinated on-ground action will educate landholders, raise community awareness, and initiate partnerships between landholders, the community and government organisations.

Northern Territory

Project Title: Supporting traditional and contemporary land management for tjakura (Great Desert Skink) populations near Patjarr
Grant: $16 000
Proponent: Ngaanyatjarra Council
Project Description: Over the past two years traditional owners, community members, ecologists and a recovery team have worked together to locate populations of the Great Desert Skink in the Gibson Desert, and to help identify an ideal fire regime for this nationally vulnerable lizard. This project involves community members surveying potential habitat, recording and monitoring burrows, examining the impact of predators and continuing a patch burning regime to help improve habitat.

Project Title: Protection of Malleefowl on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Land
Grant: $21 970
Proponent: Anangu Pitjantjatjara Land Management
Project Description: Building on an existing Threatened Species Network project, this project will continue to identify and protect critical habitat for the nationally vulnerable Malleefowl on Anangu Pitjantjatjara Lands. Patch burning, baiting to control foxes and using Global Information Systems to help record, monitor, evaluate and plan will help to protect this species. The on-ground work will be undertaken using a combination of contemporary and Traditional Ecological Knowledge and land management practices.

Project Title: Conservation Management and Community Awareness of the Endangered Gove Crow Butterfly
Grant: $9000
Proponent: Dhimurru Land Management Aboriginal Corporation
Project Summary: Threatened by fire and habitat degradation, the State-listed Gove Crow Butterfly is known from only four tiny monsoon vine-forest thickets on the Gove Peninsula. Together with Indigenous land owners, rangers will determine the distribution and biology of the butterfly, identify threats and raise awareness about conservation of the species and monsoon forests in general. It is hoped that the outcomes of this project will help ensure the long-term protection of the species.

Project Title: Management of Tjakura (Great Desert Skink) on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Lands
Grant: $21 050
Proponent: Anangu Pitjantjatjara Land Management
Project Description: Building on an existing Threatened Species Network project, this project continues work in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Lands to protect the nationally vulnerable Tjakura, or Great Desert Skink. Known populations will be protected by managing the land through traditional fire regimes, control of feral cats and foxes as well as training staff in the use of Global Information System (GIS). The project will also continue the search for further populations across the region using Traditional Ecological Knowledge, vegetation maps and fire history data.


Project Title: Lexington Bluegrass Downs Grassland Nature Refuge
Grant: $16 529
Proponent: Lake Maraboon Landcare Group Inc
Project Summary: Through the use of 'Land for Wildlife' agreements, which help private landholders protect habitat for native plants and animals, this project aims to establish a wildlife refuge of 470 hectares of remnant Bluegrass Downs Native Grasslands on a mixed cattle and grain property. These endangered grasslands will be fenced off to exclude cattle, helping to protect nationally threatened plants such as the King Blue-grass.

Project Title: Living with Threatened Species - a recovery project in the Kenilworth-Beli Community
Grant: $15 000
Proponent: Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee
Project Description: This project will survey and map threatened species in rainforest areas of the upper Mary Catchment area, such as the endangered Southern Barred Frog, Mary River Tortoise, Mary River Cod and Coxen's Fig Parrot. The local community and landholders will work together to identify, revegetate and rehabilitate strategic corridor linkages and gaps. This will help to expand and reconnect threatened species habitat on both public and private lands.

Project Title: Surveying Grey Nurse Shark critical habitats in southern Queensland
Grant: $25 120
Proponent: Unidive the University of Queensland Underwater Club Inc.
Project Description: Little is known about the habitat and the ecology of this threatened shark, which is found in coastal waters off south-east Queensland, New South Wales, and south-west Western Australia. This project, which will be undertaken by the University of Queensland Underwater Club, will survey and map habitats, collect information and develop protocols to help monitor critical habitats for the Grey Nurse Shark in southern Queensland. This survey work will assist stakeholders to manage critical habitats and is considered essential for the species.

Project Title: Increasing the survivorship of the Mary River Tortoise
Grant: $18 000
Proponent: Greening Australia Qld Inc
Project Summary: The endangered Mary River Tortoise is only found in Queensland's Mary River. The nests of the turtle are often preyed upon by other species, and the survival of hatchlings is low. This project aims to increase egg survivorship and hatchling production by protecting and monitoring nests over a 34km stretch of the river. Community volunteers will be trained to identify turtle tracks and different turtle species, and any data collected will be used to enhance future management actions.

South Australia

Project Title: Removing a Key Threat to Black-eared Miners - Calperum/Taylorville
Grant: $15 000
Proponent: Australian Landscape Trust
Project Summary: Artificial watering points are a major threat for the endangered Black-eared Miner. Building on the success of a previous Threatened Species Network project, the Australian Landscape Trust aims to reduce the number of artifical watering points within the endangered Black-eared Miner's habitat by closing seven station dams. The project complements a cooperative regional effort by several property owners in the area which will help protect the habitat of other nationally threatened birds including the Red-lored Whistler and the Regent Parrot.

Project Title: Malleefowl protection in the Lower Mallee
Grant: $3300
Proponent: Lower Mallee Land Management Group
Project Description: The Lower Mallee Land Management Group will protect populations of the nationally vulnerable Malleefowl by establishing a regional fox control program and continuing a monitoring program using a Geographical Positioning System. The project builds on the community interest created by other conservation projects undertaken by the Lower Mallee Land Management Group, and will enhance habitat for other threatened birds such as the Black-eared Miner, the Regent Parrot and the Red-lored Whistler.

Project Title: Habitat Restoration for three Endangered Species on Lower Eyre Peninsula
Grant: $3850
Proponent: Ark on Eyre Threatened Flora Recovery Team
Project Summary: This project enhance a vegetation corridor along a 5km length of road reserve. It will also contribute to the recovery of three species which are threatened by habitat degradation by: increasing the population size of the endangered Prickly raspwart; re-establishing a locally extinct population of the Jumping-jack Wattle; and linking two populations of the Fat-leaved Wattle.

Project Title: Closing Artificial Watering Points for Endangered Birds
Grant: $6500
Proponent: Birds Australia Gluepot Reserve
Project Summary: This project builds on previous conservation works undertaken since 1999. The habitat of a number of nationally threatened birds, including the Black-eared miner, the Mallefowl, the Regent Parrot and the Masked Owl will be restored and enhanced, and the last two remaining dams on the reserve will be closed. This will help reduce kangaroo and feral goat numbers, therefore lessening the grazing pressure on a number of native plants which are used as food sources by the birds.

More projects that South Australia shares with Victoria


Project Title: Distribution of the Striped Legless Lizard near Hamilton
Grant: $4236
Proponent: Wannon Conservation Society
Project Description: Once found throughout temperate grasslands in south-east South Australia, central and western Victoria and the southern tablelands of New South Wales, the vulnerable Striped Legless Lizard now largely exists in a few small populations near Canberra and west of Melbourne. This project will determine the south-western limit of their distribution and establish their habitat preferences in this region. The project also provides advice to landholders to help manage populations found on private land.

Project Title: Restoration & Enhancement of Buloke Grassy Woodlands in NE Victoria
Grant: $19 750
Proponent: Boorhaman & District Landcare Group
Project Summary: This project aims to protect and enhance a number of Buloke Grassy Woodland sites in north-eastern Victoria. While a number of sites have been protected by excluding stock and preventing grazing, natural regeneration levels in the woodlands are low and ongoing tree decline is occurring. This project aims to coordinate and implement a range of restoration techniques to enhance existing and new sites in the Boorhaman Landcare area.

Project Title: Protecting Buloke Woodlands, Grasslands and Wetlands in the Boosey and Broken Plains
Grant: $15 000
Proponent: Trust for Nature
Project Summary: This project aims to protect one of the highest priority clusters of Buloke Woodlands, grassland and wetland remnants in the Goulburn Broken Catchment. Threatened species and ecological communities that will benefit from this project includes Buloke Woodlands, Natural Temperate Grasslands, the Bush Stone Curlew, the Swift Parrot, the Dwarf Bluebush and the White Cypress Pine. Trust for Nature will work with landowners in the region to protect sites and manage and enhance remnant areas.

Project Title: Community Caring for Grassy White Box Woodland
Grant: $5598
Proponent: Wises Creek Talgarno Landcare Group
Project Summary: Community volunteers will work with landowners, scientists and school groups to help protect the nationally endangered Grassy White Box Woodlands. Members of the Wises Creek Talgarno Landcare Group will learn to identify plants, and together with scientists map the vegetation and assess the current condition of the woodlands. Management actions will be identified and on-ground work undertaken. Local schools will be educated about woodland habitat and help to develop interpretative signs and an educational guide.

Project Title: Protection and Enhancement of Threatened Species Habitat in the Goldfields Bioregion-Castlemaine Zone
Grant: $28 500
Proponent: Community Groups in Castlemaine Zone
Project Summary: This project builds on an existing Threatened Species Network project in the Goldfields Zone. Further work will be undertaken to protect state-listed ecological communities including Grassy Woodlands and Creekline Grassy Woodlands.This will help conserve and enhance the habitat of nationally threatened species such as the Striped Legless Lizard and the Swift Parrot. The project has a strong community focus and includes on-ground works such as habitat restoration and weed and predator control.

Project Title: Threatened Species Habitat Protection on the Nagambie Plains
Grant: $28 800
Proponent: Nagambie Landcare Group Inc
Project Summary: This project involves the community, landowners and scientists implementing on-ground works in the Victorian Riverina. Threatened species and ecological communities such as the Grassy White Box Woodlands, the Trout Cod, the Swift Parrot, the Southern Bell Frog and the Euroa Guinea-flower will be surveyed and mapped. This will help determine priority areas to undertake on-ground conservation works, including habitat protection and enhancement.

Project Title: Chiltern-Pilot Biolink Implementation
Grant: $13 000
Proponent: Ovens, King, Black Dog Implementation Committee - North East Catchment Management Authority
Project Summary: This region near Chiltern in Victoria is a critical biodiversity stronghold noted for its wide variety of plants and animals, including the nationally threatened Swift Parrot, the Regent Honey-eater and the Spot-tailed Quoll, and state-listed threatened species and communities including the Temperate Woodland Bird Community, Grassy Woodlands and Grassy Dry Forests. This project will develop and enhance vegetation links between between two major remnants in order to improve the overall quality of habitat in the region.

Project Title: Conserving threatened wildlife at Sheep Pen Creek - a community approach
Grant: $29 200
Proponent: Sheep Pen Creek Land Management Group
Project Description: The Sheep Pen Creek Land Management Group aims to implement a community-based, strategic conservation plan. The plan will identify species and communities for conservation, the actions needed to conserve them and how those actions can be incorporated into whole farm and regional plans. The nationally threatened species and ecological communities that will benefit from this project include Grassy White Box Woodlands, the Swift Parrot, the Regent Honeyeater and the Small Scurf-pea.

More projects that Victoria shares with South Australia

West Australia

Project Title: Malleefowl Crossing Project within the Shire of Mount Marshall
Grant: $500
Proponent: Better Bencubbin Progress Association
Project Summary: After not been seen regularly for the last five years, sightings of the nationally vulnerable Malleefowl in the shire of Mount Marshall have been increasing. The Better Bencubbin Progress Association will place 'Malleefowl Crossing' signs along roads throughout the Shire of Mt Marshall with the aim of raising community and tourist awareness of the species and to encourage motorists to take care and slow down near known Malleefowl habitat.

Project Title: Maintaining habitat for the nationally endangered Western Swamp Tortoise at Ellen Brook & Twin Swamps Nature Reserves
Grant: $10 900
Proponent: Ellen Brook Integrated Catchment
Project Description: Restricted to only two small populations, there are less than 200 endangered Western Swamp Tortoises left in the wild. This project, which will be undertaken in the Ellenbrook and Twin Swamps Nature Reserves, aims to rehabilitate degraded areas and to assist in the long-term conservation and recovery of the species. Together with the Department of Conservation and Land Management, the Ellen Brook Integrated Catchment group will collect and sort seeds for habitat regeneration, undertake weed eradication and install vermin proof enclosures.

Project Title: Ningaloo Marine Park-Marine Turtle Community Monitoring Programme
Grant: $12 700
Proponent: Cape Conservation Group
Project Description: Increasing tourism in the Ningaloo Marine Park in Western Australia is beginning to impact upon nesting turtles and hatchlings in the park. The Cape Conservation Group will undertake a community monitoring and education program to help conserve threatened marine turtle populations along the Jurabi Coastal Park, including the Endangered Loggerhead Turtle. By identifying key nesting sites, the project will assist efforts to minimise human disturbance to these areas.

Project Title: Protection of Threatened Flora in the West Midlands
Grant: $18 000
Proponent: Northern Agricultural Catchments Council
Project Summary: The Dandaragan Shire has been identified as one of the world's biodiversity hotspots and work in this area will research and protect ten nationally threatened plants, including Foote's Grevillea and the Spreading Grevillea, as well as more than 55 high priority species in the area. Members of the Jurien Bay Herbarium Group and other community members will survey roadside reserves, collect seed, control weeds and survey populations.This project will help conserve species which are almost entirely restricted to road reserves and protect the high biodiversity values of the area.

Project Title: Blue Babe-in-the-Cradle Orchid Habitat Restoration
Grant: $1771
Proponent: Bennett Brook Catchment Group
Project Summary: The project aims to restore the habitat of the Blue Babe-in-the-Cradle Orchid, which is only found in the Beechboro North Reserve in Western Australia and is listed in the State as critically endangered. The main threats to this attractive species are weed invasion, altered water quality and quantity, inappropriate fire regimes and insect predation of the capsule. Over a six month period, the Bennett Brook Catchment Group will remove exotic grasses and trees and replace them with native plants.

Project Title: Saving the Cunderdin Daviesia and the Tangled Wattle
Grant: $4163
Proponent: Cunderdin Land Care District Committee
Project Summary: Threatened by environmental weeds, the nationally endangered Cunderdin Daviesia and the Tangled Wattle are currently restricted to small populations on road reserves within the Cunderdin Shire. Volunteers from the Cunderdin Land Care District Committee will introduce these plants into other areas, aiming to create three sustainable populations of both species to help ensure their long-term survival.

Project Title: Gilbert's Potoroo - Australia's Most Endangered Mammal Survey 2002
Grant: $25 860
Proponent: Denmark Environment Centre Inc.
Project Summary: With only one known population at Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve, the critically endangered Gilbert's Potoroo is one of Australia's most endangered mammals. The Denmark Environment Centre, in partnership with Western Australia's Department of Conservation and Land Management and the Gilbert's Potoroo Action Group, will undertake an extensive survey of possible potoroo habitat between Albany and Augusta to determine if any other populations exist. Data collected will contribute to an increased understanding of this rare animal, and help ensure its long-term survival.

Project Title: Carnaby Cockatoo Rescue Program - restoration of key nesting sites in the wheatbelt
Grant: $30 000
Proponent: Million Trees Program - Men of The Trees Inc.
Project Summary: The endangered Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo is a migratory bird found only in the south-west of Western Australia. Noisy and active, they nest in tree hollows and feed on hard-fruited trees and shrubs such as banksias, hakeas and eucalypts. Over the last 50 years, most of their habitat has been cleared. This project will focus on restoring and enhancing habitat at five priority sites in the cockatoo's breeding range as well as working with local landholders to install and monitor nest boxes.

Victoria/South Australia

Project Title: Landholder Survey of attitudes to South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo Conservation
Grant: $4100
Proponent: Birds Australia
Project Description: Found only in south-east South Australia and south-west Victoria, this endangered cockatoo is threatened by land clearing and grazing. A telephone survey of the local community and landholders in the habitat range of the cockatoo will be conducted to establish the level of understanding of the importance of the Red-tailed Black Cockatoo and knowledge of its habitat requirements. Landholders will also be surveyed to determine perceived barriers to protecting degraded vegetation and/or revegetation of their own land.

Project Title: Four Threatened Orchid Species-Assessment, Action Statement Preparation & Implementation
Grant: $23 200
Proponent: Threatened Plant Action Group
Project Description: The Threatened Plant Action Group will develop an action plan for four threatened orchids, including the nationally vulnerable Leafy Greenhood Orchid. This project aims to prioritise management strategies and protect sites through conservation agreements. Known sites will be surveyed, on-ground work undertaken, existing information collated and threats, land use, critical habitat, key populations and recovery actions determined to help manage these threatened plants.