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Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment
23 July 1997
The Howard Government has allocated $1.2 million from the Natural Heritage Trust to fund 49 projects, including nine in Western Australia, aimed at protecting threatened native plants and animals.
Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill says the WA projects, totalling $307 000, 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 Western Australia, most of the projects centre around conserving more than 30 critically endangered plant species, including grevillea and acacia species.
"The WA Department of Conservation and Land Management will conduct surveys into the effects of weeds, insects and fungal pathogens on the species, and install declared rare-flora markers as part of a concerted conservation effort.
"The department will also continue studies of the Gilbert's Potoroo and construct pens to keep some potoroos in captivity.
"Other projects will focus on controlling feral animals and other threats to two nationally endangered bird species, the Night Parrot and Ground Parrot."
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 Western Australia on 08 9228 3227.
23 July 1997
Contact: Julie Marks (Senator Hill's office) 06 277 7640
David Kay (Environment Australia) 06 250 0240 or 250 0766