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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

Australia's native animals to get a $592,900 helping hand on National Threatened Species Day


The Forty-spotted Pardalote, Macquarie Perch and Leadbeater's Possum will all breathe easier today with the announcement that they and other threatened animals and plants will benefit from Australian Government funding to community groups around the country.

Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell joined with WWF-Australia programme leader, Dr Nicola Markus to announce the $592,900 Threatened Species Network Community Grants.

"This funding means that the future of some of Australia's most precious threatened plants and animals will be a little more assured," Senator Campbell said.

"The grants will allow community groups to undertake 33 on-ground projects to better the survival chances of 68 threatened species and ecological communities," 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 other grants would include:

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 habitat'.

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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