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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 S.A. Orchids

18 July 1997

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

Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill says the SA projects, totalling $61 000, 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 South Australia, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources will survey the location and extent of several threatened orchid species in the Lofty Block Bioregion and write a recovery plan.

"The department will also carry out weeding and monitoring of populations of the endangered plant species, Agrostis limiteana, and study the reproductive biology and threats to another endangered plant, the Haloragis eyeana.

"A research plan for the Stemodia haegii will cover the species' ecology, threats to its survival and propagation techniques.

"In addition, Birds Australia receives Trust funds of $82 000 for a project to be conducted in Victoria and South Australia to conserve the South-eastern Red-tailed Black Cockatoo.

"Birds Australia will study the endangered cockatoos' breeding habits, conduct a population census and determine the effects of fire on the birds' food supply."

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 South Australia on 08 8223 5155.

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