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Joint Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
Program Leader - Species, WWF-Australia
Dr Nicola Markus
7 September 2006
The Northern Territory's threatened plants and animals will receive an extra helping hand with the announcement today of $105,998 from the Australian Government to community groups to undertake on-ground works.
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, joined with WWF-Australia program leader Dr Nicola Markus to announce the Threatened Species Network Community Grants and celebrate National Threatened Species Day.
"This funding will mean that four projects will be undertaken to address the preservation of the Northern Territory's threatened species and ecological communities, including the Victoria River District's Purple-crowned Fairy-wren," Senator Campbell said.
"To preserve these species, Northern Territory community groups will undertake on-ground works including implementing a monitoring, education and awareness program to keep Groote Eylandt cane toad-free," Dr Markus said.
The grants form part of the joint Australian Government and WWF-Australia Threatened Species Network. Over the past eight years the Government has provided more than $4 million for about 300 projects across the country as part of the programme.
Senator Campbell and Dr Markus said that a third grant would be used to build scientific knowledge about the Northern Crested Shrike-tit, which is found on Jawoyn lands. This is one of Australia's least known birds with only 30 recorded sightings.
National Threatened Species Day is held on 7 September each year to remember the loss of the last captive Tasmanian Tiger in 1936 in Hobart.
This year, the theme for National Threatened Species Day is: 'building resilience in threatened species and habitats'.
Senator Campbell and Dr Markus congratulated the grant recipients, and thanked them for their participation in threatened species recovery.
They urged all Territorians to get involved in National Threatened Species Day activities and other events throughout September, which is Biodiversity Month.
For a full list of funded projects or more information visit www.wwf.org.au/tsn. To request a free information kit contact the DEH Community Information Unit at email@example.com.
Rob Broadfield (Senator Campbell) (02) 6277 7640 or 0409 493 902
Dr Nicola Markus (WWF-Australia) (02) 8202 1205 or 0438 125 266