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The Hon Dr Sharman Stone MP
Federal Member for Murray
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister
for the Environment and Heritage


24 April 2000

SOS for Australia's Endangered Species


$500,000 in funding from the Natural Heritage Trust is now available to protect Australia's rare and endangered plants and animals, Sharman Stone MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Environment and Heritage, said today.

"This is an SOS to community groups around Australia. If you have a good idea on how to save a nationally threatened or endangered species in your neighbourhood we want to hear from you," Sharman Stone said.

Dr Stone said Australia was recognised as one of only 12 'mega-diverse' countries in the world, with 90% of Australian mammals, frogs, reptiles and flowering plants found nowhere else on the planet.

"Feral animals, noxious weeds, grazing, agricultural and industrial development and urban development have had a devastating effect on our fragile native flora and fauna."

"These grants are all about ensuring that our children and grandchildren can see some of Australia's unique native species in the wild, rather than in books, in 50 or 100 years time."

World wide 8 species are lost through extinction every hour. Some of Australia's most endangered species include the Spotted Tree Frog, Southern Cassowary, Hairy Nosed Wombat and Glossy Black Cockatoo.

Community groups, indigenous organisations, local councils, clubs, schools and universities are all welcome to apply for this year's Threatened Species Network Community Grants.

Funding is available for 'hands-on' conservation activities including:

"If you're not sure how you can help, the Commonwealth has employed a network of facilitators to help develop proposals, provide information, and generally assist community groups to access funds," Sharman Stone said.

The Threatened Species Network Community Grants Scheme is funded through the Federal Government's Natural Heritage Trust in partnership with the World Wide Fund for Nature Australia (WWF).

Applications close on Friday 23 June 2000.

Copies of the Threatened Species Network Community Grants 2000 Application Guidelines and examples of previous grant recipients can be obtained on-line at www.nccnsw.org.au/member/tsn.

Media Inquiries:
Nicole Johnston, Assistant Adviser, 02 6277 2016 or 0419 219 415
24 April 2000

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