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Media Release
Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment

Trust Funds to Conserve Threatened Qld Frogs

18 July 1997

The Howard Government has allocated $1.2 million from the Natural Heritage Trust to fund 49 projects, including six in Queensland, aimed at protecting threatened native plants and animals.

Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill says the Queensland projects, totalling $140 500, will be among the first conducted as part of Australia's largest environmental rescue effort.

"Through the Natural Heritage Trust, the Howard Government is supporting an increase in effective activity on-the-ground, where it will directly help to restore threatened species to a secure status in the wild.

"The 49 projects will target a range of species in urgent need of conservation action and enable government agencies and local communities to work together to protect threatened species in their region.

"In Queensland, the Department of Environment will monitor threatened frog species in the Wet Tropics, Eungella, South-East Queensland and northern New South Wales, and involve local communities.

"The role of chemicals and ultra-violet radiation in the decline of populations of the frog species will be investigated.

"The department will conduct a survey of the State's artesian springs to determine how to best protect them and the native species, including fish, which depend on them.

"The survey will assess the conservation values and problems associated with managing artesian springs, and the attitudes of landholders.

"The endangered Coxen's Fig-parrot will also benefit from nesting surveys to be conducted by the department in south eastern Queensland and north east NSW."

Anyone wanting to participate in nature conservation projects such as these can contact Environment Australia on 06 250 0200 or the Threatened Species Network coordinator for Queensland on 07 3221 0573.

Contact: Julie Marks (Senator Hill's office) 06 277 7640
David Kay (Environment Australia) 06 250 0240 or 250 0766
18 July 1997

Commonwealth of Australia