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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

NSW threatened species to get a $34,069 helping hand


New South Wales threatened plants and animals will receive an extra helping hand with the announcement today of $34,069 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 three projects will be undertaken to address the preservation of New South Wales' threatened species and ecological communities, including the Mongarlowe River's Macquarie perch," Senator Campbell said.

"To preserve these species, New South Wales community groups will undertake on-ground works including the Angels Beach Dunecare and Reafforestation Group, which will conduct rehabilitation activities for threatened flora," 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 increase ecological knowledge of, and threats to, the Bellinger River's vulnerable Emydura - a small brown turtle.

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 Australians 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 ciu@environment.gov.au.

Media contact:
Rob Broadfield (Senator Campbell) (02) 6277 7640 or 0409 493 902
Dr Nicola Markus (WWF-Australia) (02) 8202 1205 or 0438 125 266

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