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Joint Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
&
Australian Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
Peter McGauran MP

19 October 2005

$1.3 Million to protect endangered Cockatoo habitat


Victoria’s threatened Bush-Stone Curlew, Masked Owl, Black-Chinned Honeyeater, Diamond Firetail and the endangered South Eastern Red Tailed Black Cockatoo will benefit from $1.3 million in funding for an initiative aimed at preserving the declining habitat of bird species.

The funding – from the Regional Competitive Component of the Australian Government’s $3 billion Natural Heritage Trust – was announced today by Australian Government Ministers for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, and Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry, Peter McGauran.

Senator Campbell said the South Eastern Red Tailed Black Cockatoo Recovery Plan sees government, community groups and private landholders working together to implement strategies to preserve and improve habitat for many precious threatened and endangered native bird species.

“Many bird species require tree hollows for nesting and suitable feeding habitat. Much of this is protected within State Forests, and we also need to preserve these habitats on private land,” Senator Campbell said.

“This initiative works with landholders to protect and rehabilitate habitat and assists with management of remnant vegetation, including the fencing of remnants from grazing stock, the revegetation of adjacent areas as well as roadside ecological tree thinning to encourage mature tree seed production,” he said.

Senator Campbell said environmental challenges did not stop at state borders, with the Regional Competitive Component supporting multi-regional or cross-jurisdictional environmental projects that lead to significant improvements in the sustainable management of natural resources.

“When addressing a problem like habitat preservation, a holistic approach with collaboration between community groups, private landholders and government is essential,” he said.

For further information about the Natural Heritage Trust visit www.nht.gov.au

Media Contact:
Renae Stoikos (Minister Campbell's Office)   02 6277 7640 or 0418 568 434
Ross Neal (Minister McGauran's Office)   (02) 6277 7520 or 0413 601 303
Dean Robertson (Project Contact)   (03) 5382 1544

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