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

21 April 1999

HABITAT REGENERATION FOR COAST'S GLOSSY BLACK COCKATOOS


The Gold Coast's Glossy Black Cockatoo population is set to experience a 'home renovator's dream' with its bushland habitat from the Queensland/New South Wales border to Moreton Bay undergoing vital regeneration and renewal, Sharman Stone MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Environment and Heritage, said today.

On the Gold Coast to survey habitat areas and meet with local volunteers, Mrs Stone and Federal Member for McPherson, Margaret May MP, praised the efforts of the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland Glossy Black Cockatoo Branch Inc in getting the community-based project up and running.

"Replanting native trees, in known Black Glossy Cockatoo areas, will provide vital habitat for feeding, roosting and nesting, helping bring vibrant cockatoo colonies back to the coastal fringe," Sharman Stone said.

To date, the project has received $55,000 in funding from the Federal Government through the Natural Heritage Trust.

The Glossy Black Cockatoo's natural habitat has been greatly affected by grazing, land clearing, feral animals, fire and land clearing for urban development and agriculture purposes over many years.

The project has a unique community focus, as it relies on volunteer reports to help identify specific Black Cockatoo colonies within the target region. Once sites are identified project teams will conduct soil assays, identify and document feed trees and collect native seed, fence, control burn to reduce fire hazards and conduct widespread tree planting.

School students from Emmanuel College at Carrara are also involved in the project, establishing a native nursery to help propagate seedlings for planting.

The project aims to replant 13 different types of native trees including Blue Gums, White Stringy Barks, Spotted Gums, Iron Barks and She-Oaks.

"One of the key elements of this project is to raise awareness and encourage participation within the community about the need to preserve native bushland for the Glossy-Black Cockatoo and other native wildlife," Sharman Stone said.

"This is an important long-term strategic program that will help restore and enhance pockets of native vegetation throughout the Gold Coast and hinterland."

The $1.25 billion Natural Heritage Trust is the largest environmental rescue package ever undertaken by an Australian Government. $330 million is available nationally over 5 years for Bushcare restoration projects, like the Restoration and Protection of Bushland for the Glossy-Black Cockatoo Project.

For further information please contact:
Nicole Johnston, Assistant Adviser, 0419 219 415 or 02 6277 2016

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