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23 October 1999
The Howard Government has announced further funding from the Federal Government's $1.5 billion Natural Heritage Trust to assist community groups save Australia's endangered species and ecological communities.
Speaking at the launch of Environment Expo 1999 in Adelaide, Federal Environment Minister, Senator Robert Hill, announced that 58 projects would receive funding under the Endangered Species Program of the Natural Heritage Trust.
"It is important to note with this year's Endangered Species Program grants the number of projects taking a more integrated and holistic approach to the conservation of threatened species conservation", the Minister said.
"This year's successful projects include many that take a multiple-species or regional approach. This is an important step in ensuring that common threats are managed appropriately.
"One example of this approach is Operation Warru. This project will use collaborative management techniques to save threatened desert fauna including the Black-footed Rock-Wallaby and Mallee fowl in Western Australia.
"The project will result in training and employment opportunities in threatened species management for Aboriginal people.
"The projects we are announcing today focus on direct community action to restore habitat and to abate local threats.
"It is particularly pleasing to see so many new groups developing species conservation solutions at the local level."
Actions to be funded through this year's successful projects include erection of nesting boxes to encourage the breeding of owls, protection of cave roosts and maternity sites for bats, erection of fencing to provide protection from feral predators and competitors for a new Greater Bilby population, and weed removal to restore and establish a variety of habitats.
Other species set to receive additional support and protection include the Bilby, the Bathurst Copper Butterfly, the Bridled nailtail wallaby, and the Regent Honeyeater. Regions and ecological communities that will benefit include Eastern Banksia Scrub, Eyre Peninsula, and Bruny Island.
Matt Brown 0419 693 515 Rod Bruem 02 6277 7640
Anne-Marie Delahunt (Environment Australia) 02 6274 2240