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On September 7, the 2003 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.
Project Title: Increasing the uptake of de-hooking and line-cutting devices in the Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery (ETBF)
Proponent: Ocean Watch Australia LTD
The proponent of this project will use various types of de-hookers and line-cutters to demonstrate their use to fishermen and to increase the industry’s awareness of their application. At least ten sets of devices will be provided to selected industry operators, and their experiences be monitored, recorded and extended throughout the fishery. The outcome of the project will be communicated to fishermen and an instruction video will be produced. This should result in a substantial reduction of by-catch fatalities of many species of threatened species including the Shy Albatross, Gibson’s’ Albatross, the Green Turtle, and the Loggerhead Turtle
Project Title: Outfoxing the Fox for the Bush Stone-Curlew
Proponent: Weddin Landcare
This project involves a strategic Fox (Vulpes vulpes) baiting program covering 90,000 ha west of the Weddin Mountains. The area is a known habitat for the Bush Stone-curlew (Burhinus grallarius), a ground-dwelling bird with gangly legs and distinctive wailing call, that is particularly vulnerable to Fox predation at present due to drought. This project will help to minimise Fox predation and ensure the survival of this threatened species by providing an incentive to bait and by demonstrating the effectiveness of a coordinated, broad-scale baiting program.
Project Title: Giant Barred Frog Habitat Regeneration Program
Proponent: North Coast Herpetology Group Inc
The Giant Barred Frog (Myxophyes iterates), a large pale brown with banded legs and webbed feet, is an endangered species with limited distribution. Northern NSW is recognised by NPWS as a stronghold for the species. The objective of this project is to create a wildlife refuge for the Giant Barred Frog and to better understand the habits and habitat of the amphibian by re-establishing the habitat and any corridor that has been demolished through logging.
Project Title: Jiggi Catchment Threatened Species Project
Proponent: Jiggi Catchment Landcare Inc.
Six threatened species have been identified and recorded on a three hectare section of a private property of the Jiggi Valley (Richmond Catchment), including the nationally endangered Fragrant Myrtle tree, and the state listed vulnerable Squirrel Glider, a large rat-sized mammal with soft grey fur with a black stripe on head and body. The site comprises of a dry rainforest remnant, open eucalypt forest and a small wetland area. The three fauna and flora species are under threat from cattle grazing and the grant will allow fencing to be carried out to protect the area. Weed clearing and planting tree species with local provenance would enhance the habitat value and recruitment of indigenous species while minimising the edge effect.
For further information on any of the projects listed here or to get in contact with proponents, please contact the New South Wales Threatened Species Network coordinator:
Ph: (02) 8202 1222
Or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Project Title: Monitoring and Managing the Great Desert Skink at Nyirripi
Proponent: Tangentyere Council Inc
In this project Aboriginal Elders, Community Rangers, local school children and a wildlife consultant will work together to establish a monitoring program for the Great Desert Skink (warrarna) in the Nyirripi region. This is a large burrowing lizard that lives in sandplain and gravely habitats in the western deserts region of central Australia. Distribution and abundance of this species will be examined in relation to the fire history of the area, which will be mapped using satellite imagery. Predator control will be conducted and predator diets analysed. Survey work and patch burning will be also conducted in a remote locality. Traditional knowledge about the species will be recorded.
Project Title: Protecting threatened species from foxes in the Tanami Desert
Proponent: Central Land Council
In this project, Aboriginal Rangers and scientists will work together to control foxes (using 1080 baits) in an area of the Tanami Desert where remnant populations of a number of threatened species occur. Distribution and abundance of the Bilby, Mulgara, Great Desert Skink and Marsupial Mole will be monitored in baited and unbaited areas.
Project Title: Expanding the known range of the endangered Central Rock-rat
Proponent: Central Land Council - Land Management Unit
Working with Aboriginal community members at Mt Leibig, survey work will be undertaken for the Central Rock-rat, a species now only known from a small part of the West MacDonnell Ranges NP. This project will build survey skills amongst participating community members and hopefully locate an additional Rock-rat population away from the core population to improve its chances of survival.
For further information on any of the projects listed here or to get in contact with proponents, please contact the Northern Territory Threatened Species Network coordinator:
C/- Arid Lands Environment Centre
Ph: (08) 8952 1541
Or Email: email@example.com
Ph: (08) 8941 7554
Or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Project Title: Corridors for cassowaries in Julatten - Mt Molloy region
Proponent: Jamarr Envirogroup
Riparian clearing causes Southern Cassowary (large, flightless birds, characterised by a bony ‘helmet’ and blue and red skin around the neck and head) and Lumholtz Tree Kangaroo (short, stocky body with a long tail and a ‘black mask’ over the front of their face) to lose habitat connectivity, inhibiting utilisation of forest fragments and exposing adults and dispersing young to attack, chiefly by dogs. Re-establishing corridors, chiefly along creeks, will counteract this problem, and success will encourage cooperation and emulation by additional landowners.
Project Title: MWF Habitat restoration Project for Endangered Granivorous Birds
Proponent: Mareeba Wetland Foundation
This Grassland habitat restoration project for granivorous birds, such as the Black-throated Finch which is a typically dark plumaged bird with blue-grey head and a blue-white ear patch, and the Gouldian Finch with a bright green back, yellow belly and purple breast. The grassland includes two endangered species and one vulnerable species, and complements improved grassland management designed to reverse the effects of 100 years of grazing. It is linked to numerous other environmental programs, including a formal species recovery plan, tertiary institutions and other community groups.
Project Title: Identification of other populations of Yellow Chat (Dawson sub-species) and mapping of suitable habitat on the mainland.
Proponent: Birds Australia - Capricornia Branch
The small population of Yellow Chats in coastal Central Queensland is recognised as a distinct subspecies Epthianura crocea macgregori of the larger population. These birds have a dark golden-yellow crown, an olive back, with a dark golden-yellow rump. In 1992 Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service staff discovered a small population on the marine plain of Curtis Island. Historically, the subspecies was seen at Torilla Plains north of Rockhampton and the Fitzroy Delta.
Project Title: Red Goshawk Habitat Restoration and Education Project
Proponent: Save Today Our Parkland Inc.
The Red Goshawk is one of the world's rarest birds of prey and will only nest in trees taller than 20 metres that are within 1 kilometre of water. The project aims to enhance through planting a known area of Red Goshawk nesting activity, followed by an educational program illustrating the project, its goals and outcomes. This aspect will be targeted at all age groups and made widely accessible to both cultural and environmental centres.
Project Title: Abating threats to Spectacled Flying Foxes and Mabi Habitat
Proponent: Tolga Bat Rescue and research Inc
This project will involve the community in the recovery of a vulnerable species, the Spectacled Flying Fox (SFF) and a critically endangered ecological community, the Mabi remnant at Tolga. The SFF is a beautiful, large black flying-fox with rings of pale yellow fur around the eyes. Mabi Forest, also known as Complex Notophyll Vine Forest (or Type 5b), once covered the Atherton Tablelands area north and west of Malanda, and is now located solely within the Atherton Shire. This remnant has been home to the only maternity colony of SFFs on the tableland for the last six years.
For further information on any of the projects listed here or to get in contact with proponents, please contact the Queensland Threatened Species Network coordinator:
Ph: (07) 3221 0573
Or Email: email@example.com
Project Title: Protection of Regent Parrot nest colonies in the SAMDB
Proponent: The Friends of Parks Inc
The Nationally Vulnerable Regent Parrot (eastern subspecies) a large brightly coloured bird, generally found in small groups or pairs, has an important population located in the SA Murray-Darling Basin. The SA Murray-Darling Basin is a region of accelerating development, and known threats to taxa are ongoing. This project proposes to undertake a complete survey of the potential breeding range of the species (not previously undertaken) and to make recommendations for protecting and managing the nest colony sites.
Project Title: Building capacity for threatened plant conservation of Eyre Peninsula
Proponent: Nature Conservation Society of South Australia Inc.
23 nationally listed plant species such as Fat-leaved Wattle, Whibley Wattle and Yellow Swainson-pea
exist on SA Eyre Peninsula (EP). The wealth of nationally significant species and social factors make the Eyre Peninsula a high priority for both professional and community capacity building activities. The project proposes to conduct a series of workshops targeted to a series of high priority stakeholders in the region.
Project Title: Finding and Protecting the Pygmy Bluetongue Lizard
Proponent: South Australian Herpetology Group
The endangered Pygmy Bluetongue lizard is a small sized grey brown to orange brown skink with short limbs, and a relatively heavy body and large head which lives in native grassland in the Mid North of SA. Further survey work is needed to verify the distribution of the species. Volunteers from the SA Herpetology Group will examine 30 new sites for the species, and new records will be entered onto appropriate databases. Landholders who own any new sites will be made aware of the species and its management needs, so that destructive activities, such as ploughing and ripping for fodder plantings, will not inadvertently occur.
Project Title: Distribution of the Southern Bell Frog (Litoria raniformis)
Proponent: The Friends of the Riverland Parks Inc
This project proposes to increase the Riverland community participation in Frog Census through an awareness campaign run by partner organisations. This will ultimately increase the number of recordings and lead to increased knowledge of the distribution and abundance of the nationally vulnerable Southern bell frog within the River Murray Corridor. The Southern bell frog is characterised by a loud barking call and distinctive, colourful skin patterns of pale green and black.
Project Title: Feasibility study for the reintroduction of the Numbat Myrmecobtus fasciatus into the Arid Recovery Reserve, SA
Proponent: Friends of the Arid Recovery Project
The Numbat Myrmecobtus fasciatus is a pouchless marsupial with gray, brown, or dull red backs which are crossed by six or seven white stripes and a long tail. The Numbat became locally extinct in arid South Australia due to changes since European settlement, particularly predation by foxes. The Arid Recovery Project has a 60 sq km fence protected Reserve where numbats may be reintroduced. Funds are required to carry out a survey for food, habitat and native predators in the Reserve to determine suitability for numbat re-introductions.
Project Title: Recovery of nationally threatened plant species, Kangaroo Island, SA
Proponent: Nature Conservation Society of South Australia Inc.
This project implements actions recommended under a Threatened Species Network funded draft recovery plan for 15 nationally threatened plants on Kangaroo Island, including Small Flowered Daisy-bush and Kangaroo Island Turpentine Bush, in three areas critical to plant recovery, Grazing management, Environmental weed management and Community awareness and involvement.
Project Title: Improving habitat of Tjakura on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Lands, South Australia
Proponent: Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land
This project will continue to develop work aimed at protecting populations of Tjakura on AP Lands through strategic patch burning and predator and threat (eg camels), mitigation and monitoring. Searching for further Tjakura populations across the AP Lands will also be a priority, using Traditional Ecological Knowledge, GIS data and fire history data. Baseline predator and threat assessments will be made for each new population, and this information will be used to plan management around new colonies.
Project Title: Protection of Malleefowl (leipoa ocellata) on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara
Proponent: Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Land
The Malleefowl is a large ground dwelling bird which builds and maintains a large incubation mound from soil, leaves and twigs. It uses the mound to incubate its eggs. This project will continue work aimed at protecting critical habitat for Malleefowl populations and develop appropriate adaptive management methodology, to collect ecological data on Malleefowl in this area. This will include monitoring of breeding activity, abundance, threat mitigation, habitat use, seasonal activity and dispersal. GIS data will be used to assist with the recording, monitoring, evaluation and planning.
For further information on any of the projects listed here or to get in contact with proponents, please contact the South Australian Threatened Species Network coordinator:
C/- Conservation Council of SA
Ph: (08) 8223 5155
Or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Project Title: Recovery of Threatened Forest Birds of King Island
Proponent: King Island Natural Resource Management Group Inc
King Island has a high proportion of threatened and declining forest birds, especially those that depend on tree-hollows for nesting. The three listed endemic sub-species are the critically endangered Scrubtit, the endangered Brown Thornbill and the vulnerable Green Rosella. The Scrubtit lives in rainforest and wet eucalypt forest and is often difficult to see due to its secretive nature. It has a light cream coloured throat, breast and belly and a brown head. The Brown Thornbill is a small brown bird, with an olive-brown back and tail, and is buff grey underneath with black streaks near the chest and throat. The Green Rosella is a brightly coloured bird with a deep-yellow head and underparts, a red forehead-band and a blue throat-patch. This project will provide the King Island community Threatened Bird Network with the skills and techniques to monitor population size and protect critical habitat of threatened species.
Project Title: Protection of Basalt grassland remnant, Brighton, Tasmania
Proponent: Mr John and Mrs Diane Jordan
The project aims to protect a 3.6 ha basalt grassland remnant at Brighton in southern Tasmania that includes one nationally listed and ten other state listed threatened plant species. The land to be protected is part Crown land and part privately owned by the applicants. The applicants have agreed to give this block of land to the State Government, to be incorporated with the Crown land into a Nature Reserve. The applicants will occasionally graze their stock on proposed reserve to help maintain the grassland plants. Grant funds are to construct a fence between the proposed reserve and the applicants land to prevent uncontrolled access by stock.
For further information on any of the projects listed here, please contact the Tasmanian Threatened Species Network coordinator:
C/- Tasmanian Conservation Trust
Ph: (03) 6234 3552
Or Email: email@example.com
Project Title: Protecting Swift Parrots and White Box Woodlands
Proponent: Euroa Environment Group
This project will protect, enhance and expand remnant patches of Grassy White Box Woodland around Euroa to increase the viability of this endangered community. These actions will also increase the foraging value of these patches for the endangered Swift Parrot and help to conserve this species in the longer term. The Swift Parrot is bright green with patches of red, yellow and blue on its head and wings. It breeds in Tasmania and spends the winter in coastal NSW, Victoria and Southern Queensland.
Project Title: Saving Our Stringy - The Lima Stringybark Project 2003-2004
Proponent: Swanpool and District Land protection Group
The Lima Stringybark grows to about 30 metres tall, found mostly on roadsides or as single trees in farm paddocks. The group conducted a survey in 1999 of Eucalyptus alligatrix subsp. Limaensis, which indicated negligible regeneration, low numbers and populations, and several threatening processes. The project will implement a community based conservation plan over 12 months including private landholders, addressing community participation and awareness, fencing and enhancing habitat values.
Project Title: Protection and enhancement of Eltham Copper butterfly habitat in the Muckleford Zone
Proponent: Friends of Kalimna Park
The Eltham Copper Butterfly has bright orange-yellow wings with dark brown surrounds and a wingspan of just 2.5cm. The project will enhance and restore two Eltham Copper Butterfly, Paralucia pyrodiscus lucida, habitats in Castlemaine, the Castlemaine Botanical Garden and Kalimna Park. Both sites require on ground-work (weed control and revegetation) to ensure long-term viability of butterfly habitat. Community education and participation through planting days, weed control and education material are seen as key elements of this project.
Project Title: Restoration of Western (Basalt) Plains Grassland at "Mooramong"
Proponent: Friends of Mooramong (National Trust Volunteers)
The initial phase of the project involves establishing a Themeda triandra seed orchard to provide a consistent and reliable seed supply for long-term, community-based restoration of Western (Basalt) Plains Grassland. The project also entails collecting seed and propagating two nationally endangered and one nationally vulnerable plant species found at Mooramong.
Project Title: Protection of remnant Western (Basalt) Plains Grassland Community
Proponent: Dowling Forest Cemetery Trust
The Dowling Forest Cemetery supports a significant remnant of Western (Basalt) Plains Grassland Community. The site contains nationally and state listed flora species, including Fragrant Leed-orchid and Golden Cowslips. The objectives are to prepare a Management Plan, undertake to control pest animals and provide interpretive signage on the site.
Project Title: Integration of conservation priorities into farm planning for the conservation of Red-tailed Black Cockatoo and other wildlife habitat
Proponent: Birds Australia
The project consists of a series of one-day capacity building workshops for landholders in the habitat range of the south-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, which will assist them to include measures for the conservation of wildlife in their farm plans and encourage action to protect remnant vegetation and replant appropriate native vegetation. Local NRM officers will be engaged in the preparation and delivery of the workshops. Red-tailed Black Cockatoo males are totally black with bright red tail panels. Females and immature birds are more dusky black with yellow speckles on the head and back. They nest in large hollows formed in old eucalyptus.
Project Title: Searching for Quolls
Proponent: Wooragee Landcare Group
Many of the landholders from the Wooragee Landcare Group adjoin the Mt Pilot National Park, where it is believed that a small population of Spot-tailed quolls existed before the fires. Also known as the tiger quoll, it is the largest marsupial carnivore surviving on mainland Australia. The project will carry out a search for quolls, involving the Landcare group community as volunteers. Hair tube traps will be placed in strategic positions. Volunteers will work under the direction of Parks and Department of Sustainability and Environment officers. This will ensure that the work is appropriately carried out and the results useful.
Project Title: Locating and protecting threatened species on local roadsides
Proponent: Castlemaine Field Naturalists Club Inc
The project will increase knowledge on the distribution of threatened species within the Shire via strategic surveys of roadside vegetation (targeting roads near known threatened species). These and selected existing sites will be managed to improve the long-term sustainability of the species present (addressing threats) and extend the range of the species.
Project Title: Community led recovery of four nationally threatened species
Proponent: Friends of the Striped Legless Lizard (FOSLL)
Extensive prior experience, new restoration techniques and an established plant nursery will assist volunteers to extend populations of three nationally threatened wildflowers and repair habitat for an endangered lizard. The Striped Legless Lizard is a small reptile which grows to about 300 mm in length. It is most commonly grey-brown with a series of dark stripes along the length of the body and tail. Seed orchard beds and signage at the Victorian University Sustainability Centre and local schools will provide community education about the threatened plants and animals in the region.
Project Title: Earth Worm Rescue: rehabilitating the Strezlecki's
Proponent: Powlett Catchment Landcare Group Inc.
Through the combination of a targeted landholder education and broader community involvement help deliver on-ground works in areas where there are known and suspected locations of the Giant Gippsland Earthworm. At over a metre long, this worm is one of the largest earthworms in the world, with a striking dark purple head and pinkish-grey body. This project will address the major physical and social causes of land and water degradation in the steep denuded upper, highly dissected, reaches of the Powlett catchment.
For further information on any of the projects listed here or to get in contact with proponents, please contact the Victorian Threatened Species Network coordinator:
Ph: (03) 9341 6507
Or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Project Title: Biodiversity enhancement and protection within the Mundijong Rd Corridor
Proponent: Roadside Care Volunteers Committee
The linear remnant on Mundijong Road Mundijong, on the Southern Swan Coastal Plains represents one of only two remaining transects of native vegetation that span the alluvial soils of the southern Swan Coastal Plain. It also contains two Critically Endangered threatened ecological communities and many significant flora. Being a long linear reserve, Mundijong Road is extremely threatened by weeds dieback, rubbish dumping and road maintenance. This project aims to empower a community conservation group the Roadside Care Volunteers to restore Mundijong Road Reserve through control of grassy and bulbous weeds re-establish native vegetation through seed collection and planting and control access to areas by fencing.
Project Title: Status of the Bilby (Macrotis lagotis) around the Edgar Range of the southern Kimberley
Proponent: Jarlmadangah Burru Aboriginal Community
The Bilby is a medium-sized mammal found in WA’s desert region. It has long rabbit-like ears and a long pointed snout. The project aims to identify areas where the Bilby (Macrotis lagotis) still occurs in and around the Edgar Range. The work will involve traditional owners undertaking tracking transects, mapping of active burrows and presence/absence of feral animals (foxes, cats, camels) and collating the baseline data. This action is a community management response to the frequent, hot, late-dry season wildfires that occur in and around the Edgar Range.
Project Title: Fencing of feeding corridors for Carnaby Cockatoos
Proponent: Cockys for Landcare (Calingiri.New Norcia LCDC)
The Carnaby’s Cockatoo is one of the two species of white-tailed black cockatoos that inhabit the south-west of WA. They can live up to 40-50 years in the wild. Fencing of food sources for Carnaby Cockatoos enhances the viability of the plantings that this group undertakes. The fencing of the food source near the birds' nesting sites will aid successful breeding and recovery of the species.
Project Title: Freshwater Sawfish (Pristis microdon) survey and education program -Fitzroy River Population
Proponent: Kimberly Land Council
Recent research has identified the Fitzroy River as being an important refuge for the Freshwater Sawfish (Pristis microdon), a species that is threatened throughout most of its range. These are large rays, with a shark-like body shape. They are the biggest freshwater fish in Australia and can grow up to three metres long. Members of the Kimberley Land Council will work in partnership with Murdoch University and the Kimberley Language Resource Centre to survey Freshwater Sawfish populations on the Fitzroy River in the remote Kimberley Region of WA. The aims will be to determine whether the fish utilise the Fitzroy for breeding and/or as a nursery habitat and to evaluate the overall population characteristics.
Project Title: Thrombolites "Living Rocks" Vital Scientific Focus
Proponent: Naragebuo Rockingham Regional Environment
Lake Richmond is a globally significant habitat. It is home to a critically endangered community of Thrombolites. These are rock-like structures which are built by micro-organisms too small for the human eye to see. They are threatened by the physical damage done by curious visitors eager to observe them up close. This unique species attracts the attention of environmental scientists worldwide. A collection of scientists, experts in their field, will gather together ably assisted by lay people and scuba divers to document the flora and fauna status of the Lake Richmond Conservation Reserve.
Project Title: Community Fox Baiting to Protect Malleefowl (Leipoa ocellata)
Proponent: Trayning Land Conservation District Committee
The Malleefowl is a large ground dwelling bird which builds and maintains a large incubation mound from soil, leaves and twigs. It uses the mound to incubate its eggs. In this project foxes will be controlled in known Malleefowl habitat with a coordinated community fox-baiting program involving 15 landholders from the Yeelanna, Yarragin and Waddouring Catchments using 1320 baits. The program will take place over a two-week period during spring 2003, for maximum impact.
Project Title: Recovery of reintroduced mammals in Heirisson Prong
Proponent: Useless Loop Community Biosphere Project Group
The Useless Loop community is seeking to protect reintroduced populations of the Burrowing Bettong (a small rabbit-sized kangaroo that digs an extensive warren system), Western Barred Bandicoot (a small light brownish-grey bandiccot with large pointed ears) and a Greater Stick-nest Rats (small rodents weighing only 300 grams) from predation by feral cats and foxes. Populations at this site are the longest surviving reintroduced populations of Bettongs. Heirisson Prong was re-invaded by cats during fence reconstruction and some cats remain despite intense effort. These have had a major impact on reintroduced species.
Project Title: North Central Malleefowl Preservation Group Inc.
Proponent: North Central Malleefowl Preservation Group Inc
The Malleefowl (see above for description) has disappeared from much of its former range in southwest WA as its habitat has become increasingly fragmented and degraded, and fox numbers have risen. There is now an urgent need to review the status and conservation requirements of this iconic, nationally vulnerable species in the northern wheatbelt where Malleefowl have not been properly studied. The project will work closely with local farmers, NRM groups such as Northern Agricultural Catchment Council and Nugadong LCDC, CSIRO, Birds Australia (WA) and CALM to determine the abundance, distribution habitat use, movement and management actions needed to recover Malleefowl in this landscape.
Project Title: Looking after mulyamiji and mankarr on Martu lands
Proponent: Parnngurr Community Inc.
Martu will undertake tracking surveys over parts of the southern Great Sandy Desert to map populations of mulyamiji (Great Desert Skink), mankarr (Bilby) and kakarratul (Marsupial Mole) on Martu lands. The Great Desert Skink is a large burrowing lizard restricted to sandplain and gravelly habitats in the western deserts region of central Australia. The Marsupial Mole grows to about 12-15 cms and while its senses of sight and hearing are minimal, those of touch and smell are highly developed. Fire management will be undertaken on these trips to improve the country for these animals.
For further information on any of the projects listed here or to get in contact with proponents, please contact the West Australian Threatened Species Network coordinator:
Ph: (08) 9387 6444
Or Email: email@example.com