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Media Release
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

7 September 2004

More than half a million dollars more for Australia's threatened species


Western Australia's Black-footed Rock-wallaby, South Australia's Western Barred Bandicoot, and Victoria's Gippsland Plains Grassy Woodland are just some of the unique Australian animals and plants that will have a more secure future thanks to a $514,586 investment from the Australian Government's $3 billion Natural Heritage Trust.

Announcing the annual Threatened Species Network Community Grants, Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, and Acting Chief Executive Officer of WWF Australia, Deirdre Moore, said the funding would help protect our native species.

"The Threatened Species Network Community Grants are a partnership between the Australian Government and WWF Australia, and aim to help local groups take action to conserve at-risk species," Senator Campbell said.

"This year 34 projects will target 71 species and seven ecological communities listed under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 , and 50 species and 10 ecological communities listed as threatened at the state level.

"These projects will see around 300,000 hectares of habitat improved through activities such as revegetation, weed control, predator control and more than 100 kilometres of fencing."

The investments announced today will help protect threatened species like the Golden Sun Moth, the Grey-headed Flying Fox, the Margaret River Marron, Rock-wallabies and Cassowaries.

"On the Northern Territory's Sir Edward Pellew Islands, for example, local groups and traditional owners will use their $25,000 to establish a monitoring program for the vulnerable Carpentarian antechinus and other mammals such as the Brush-tailed Phascogale.

"In Victoria, $22,650 will help the Birchip Landcare Group and surrounding community map habitat and produce educational materials to help native plants like the Chariot Wheels, Turnip Copperburr and Slender Darling Pea."

Senator Campbell said over the past six years the grants have invested more than $3 million in Natural Heritage Trust funding for more than 280 projects across Australia.

"The commemoration of National Threatened Species Day on 7 September provides an opportunity to recognise and commend the work of all our Threatened Species Network volunteers and encourage all Australians to join the fight to conserve our precious native species."

WWF Australia Acting Chief Executive Officer, Deirdre Moor, said the drive and commitment of local groups was the real success story behind the Threatened Species Network Grants program.

"More than 1600 animals and plants are now on the national threatened species list. WWF predicts that as much as 20% of Australia's species will be threatened with extinction by 2010, mainly as a result of climate change, landclearing, the impact of weeds and pests and the loss of habitat," Ms Moor said.

"WWF is proud to work with the many dedicated Australians working hard to create a future for our threatened plants and animals. Their actions are an essential part of dealing with the massive challenges that face Australia if we are to address the extinction wave.

"We can't afford to lose any more. And the ongoing partnership between the Australian Government and WWF Australia will continue to support vital on-ground conservation work carried out by community groups."

A full list of projects is attached. For more information about National Threatened Species Day or the Threatened Species Network, visit http://www.deh.gov.au/biodiversity/threatened/information/ts-day/index.html or http://www.wwf.org.au/tsn . National Threatened Species Day information kits may be obtained by telephoning freecall 1800 803 772.


Threatened Species Network Community Grants - Seventh Funding Round

Project Title

Proponent

Description

TSN Grant

Victoria
Golden Sun Moth conservation at Craigieburn Grassland Friends of Merri Creek This project aims to restore and expand the habitats of the critically endangered Golden Sun Moth and the vulnerable Striped Legless Lizards. It also aims to restore the native grassland community. $6,503
Dwarf Kerrawang and Grassy Woodland restoration (Gippsland region) Meerliu Reserves Committee of Management & Trust for Nature (VIC) This project will increase the population of endangered Dwarf Kerrawang and threatened Gippsland Plains Grassy Woodland through direct seeding and planting. Ongoing management and monitoring will also be major components. $17,600
Saving Spring Soaks Wooragee Landcare Group This two-staged project will focus on raising the profile of the endangered Warby Swamp Gum and vulnerable Narrow goodenia through identifying the threats to habitat, managing sites on private land and public education $8,675
Protecting Eastern Barred Bandicoots through feral cat control Hamilton Field Naturalists Club Roaming and feral cats at Hamilton are impacting on the critically endangered Eastern Barred Bandicoot. This project plans to raise community awareness about responsible pet ownership and work with local government to implement a feral cat trapping program $6,900
Restoration and rehabilitation of the Bookaar Grassland Reserve Lake Bookaar Recreation Reserve Committee of Management The Bookaar Grassland Reserve contains significant Plans Grassy Woodland species, which has been damaged by grazing and introduced species. The project will restore the reserve through revegetation. $6,700
Protection and recovery of SE Mallee Chariot Wheels Birchip Landcare Group The Birchip Landcare Group plan to implement priority actions listed in the National Recovery Plan for Maireana cheelii (Chariot Wheels) and the SE Mallee Biodiversity Action Plan. Some of the conservation activities will include habitat mapping, fencing and signage. $22,650
Protection and enhancement of Dianella amoena (Matted Flax-lily) habitat Gippsland Plains Rail Trail Committee of Management This project aims to ensure that Dianella amoena is protected within the rail reserve through a range of activities, including weed control, habitat restoration and public awareness. $11,900
Maintenance of coastal flyways for Swift Parrot Lakes Entrance Golf Club Inc. The Lakes Entrance Golf Club and the Lake Bunga Foreshore Committee plan to maintain and improve local native vegetation that supports a range of threatened species, including the Swift Parrot and Grey-headed Flying Fox. $11,000
Critical feeding habitat for Grey-headed Flying Fox Colquhoun-North Arm Landcare Group This project aims to help restore 2.25 hectares of warm temperate rainforest around the north arm at Lakes Entrance. Similar restoration of areas near Lakes Entrance provided feeding habitat within two years for the nationally-listed Grey-headed Flying Fox $17,600
Food plants for Malleefowl Friends of Kooyoora Inc. & Wedderburn Conservation Management Network This project seeks to revegetate with native species an area of cleared land near private bushland, which is home to an active pair of endangered Malleefowl. The project will also commence species monitoring in the area. $8,710
Western Australia
Desert partnership: conserving rock wallabies in the Calvert range Jigalong Community Inc. The only remaining western desert population of the vulnerable Black-footed Rock-wallaby exists in the Calvert Range. This project aims to involve the Martu people in monitoring and managing the wallabies, along with other threatened species in the area. $20,240
Encouraging community involvement in the recovery of the Margaret River Marron Cape to Cape Catchments Group The Margaret River Marron ( Cherax tenuimanus ) is under threat from the introduced ‘smooth' Marron and populations have declined dramatically over the last 20 years. This project will undertake habitat and distribution monitoring and increase public awareness of the Margaret River Marron. $16,500
Recovery of critically endangered Wheatbelt Plants in WA Bruce Rock LCDC This project will use new and innovative biotechnological research to improve translocation for three endangered plants – the Hoffman's Spider-orchid (spp. Graniticola ), Underground Orchid and Bancrofts Symonanthus. $30,000
Developing on-ground management options for the Bilby ( Macrotis lagotis ) in the Edgar Range area of the southern Kimberley Jarlmadangah Burru Aboriginal Community This represents the second stage of a two-phased project to develop on-ground management options for the Bilby in and around Edgar Range area of the southern Kimberley. Traditional owners will use data collected under Stage 1 to carry out fire management, and work with neighbouring landholders to explore the development of a regional Bilby management plan. $18,000
Community monitoring of Rock-wallabies in Cape Range Cape Conservation Group The Cape Conservation Group plans to conduct a survey on the abundance and distribution of the Black-footed Rock-wallaby on North-West Cape. Four surveys, which will involve local Exmouth District residents, will take place over a one-year period using scat identification and trapping and sighting methods. $6000
NEWroc coordinated pest management Trayning Land Conservation District Committee This project will assist landholders in actively managing pests in a coordinated effort as part of ‘Pest Week' held every year in March. Foxes will be specifically targeted with baiting in known Malleefowl habitat. $16,500
Dampier Downs natural springs and endangered species conservation Pete De Long This project aims to protect rare and threatened species such as the Black-footed Rock-wallaby and Edgar Range Pandanas. Around 38 kilometres of fencing will manage and exclude stock from the fragile natural springs habitat. $30,000
Lake Gladstone/Glenroy rehabilitation project Mount House Pastoral Partnership The Mount House Pastoral Partnership aims to build a 5 kilometre fence around Lake Gladstone to regenerate and protect habitat for the vulnerable Red Goshawk and endangered Gouldian Finch $8,672.28
Poison Gully Reserve habitat creation Friends of Poison Gully Reserve This project plans to protect, restore and promote the threatened ecological community of the Poison Gully Reserve. Species in the area include the endangered Carnaby's Black-Cockatoo. Fencing and community workshops are some of the conservation activities that will take place. $2,000
Queensland
Management of Yellow Chat (Capricorn subspecies) habitat and identification of range on the mainland Birds Australia The overall objective of the informal recovery team has been the conservation of the critically endangered Yellow Chat at Curtis Island. Previous activities have included ecological surveys and habitat mapping. This next stage of the project will target management objectives and complete first round items. $14,212
Upper Peterson Creek revegetation consolidation: Yungaburra Trees for the Evelyn and Atherton Tablelands Inc (TREAT Inc) Since 1998, TREAT has planted around 25,000 trees in the area. They will use their TSN Grant to raise and plant about 1,500 plants of selected Mabi Forest species along Peterson Creek. $6,040
Cassowary conservation Black Mountain Kuranda EnviroCare Inc. Cassowary habitat is under threat in the Kuranda region of the Wet Tropics, and Kuranda EnviroCare Inc. is carrying out species/habitat monitoring. $600
Habitat restoration, monitoring and education of the Giant Barred-Frog in the Maroochy & Mooloolah River catchments Maroochy River Catchment Network Waterwatch Incorporated This project aims to restore habitat for the endangered Giant Barred-Frog and the state-listed Cascade Tree Frog and Tusked Frog. Conservation activities will include community monitoring of frog species in the region, community education workshops and the development of a local recovery plan. $17,700
Threatened species protection project for Wambo Shire Uplands Dalby Wambo Landcare Group Inc This project will target the protection of threatened vegetation communities in the Wambo Shire Uplands, including the endangered Brigalow/Belah, and Semi-evergreen vine thickets of the Brigalow Belt (North and South) and Nandewar Bioregions. $23,200
Cascades Gardens Flying-Fox colony enhancement and management Bat Rescue Inc. Bat Rescue and other partners plan to stabilize existing roosting sites for the Grey-headed Flying-fox, and will also introduce a community education program to raise public awareness of the plight of this vulnerable species. $16,081
South Maria Creek/Dargin Road Cassowary Corridor Eric, Alison & Wayne Morris This project will protect remnant vegetation on South Maria Creek and enlarge habitat for the endangered Southern Cassowary, which has been tracked on the site. 8,000 native species will be planted by community volunteers to create special ‘cassowary corridors.' $15,600
New South Wales
Restoration of woodland bird habitat at Cowra Birds Australia This project is a collaboration between Birds Australia, local landholders and volunteer Birdwatchers. It aims to restore woodland bird habitat in the Cowra region, where species such as the endangered Swift Parrot and vulnerable Superb Parrot live. $13,333
Green and Golden Bell Frog – Davistown Friends of the Green and Golden Bell Frog This project aims to create breeding ponds and monitor areas of Green and Golden Bell Frog habitat, and also plans to enhance movement corridors between populations. $18,692
Protecting Malleefowl and other threatened species habitat on Tar-Ru Station Itha-Mari Ltd The endangered Malleefowl and Regent Parrot will get a helping hand through this project. Conservation activities will include fencing to reduce grazing pressures and education programs with local Indigenous communities. $28,589
Threat abatement for endangered Pimelea spicata, Parrotts Farm WRARG (Wilson Richardson Area Residents' Group) This project will focus on the endangered Pimelia spicata and the endangered ecological community of Cumberland Plain Woodland. Over 12 months, work will include rubbish removal, revegation, fencing and community training. $14,239
Protecting Grassy Box Woodland for Curlew conservation Nature Conservation Working Group This project aims to protect, enhance and expand the nationally endangered Grassy Box Woodland at the same time securing habitat for the Bush Stone-curlew and the endangered Regent Honeyeater and Swift Parrot. $27,300
South Australia
Urgent recovery actions for threatened flora, Yorke Peninsula Nature Conservation Society of SA Inc. The Nature Conservation Society of SA Inc. aims to use its TSN Grant to undertake population monitoring, surveys and community workshops to help protect eight threatened plant species, including the endangered Acacia entercarpa and Caladenia macroclavia and vulnerable Acacia rhetinocarpa and Caladenia brumalis. $21,990
Arid recovery Friends of Arid Recovery This TSN grant will be used to establish a managed breeding population of the endangered Western barred Bandicoot at the Arid Recovery Reserve. $5,860
Northern Territory
Monitoring and conserving threatened mammals on the Sir Edward Pellew Islands Mabunji Aboriginal Resource Association This project will see traditional owners working with the community to establish a monitoring program for the vulnerable Carpentarian Antechinus and other threatened mammals on the Sir Edward Pellew Islands. The project will build knowledge about fauna surveying, feral and fire management techniques and areas of importance for traditional owners. $25,000
TOTAL FUNDING: $514,586
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