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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

7 September 1999

Victorian Threatened Species Funds Boosted


Victoria has secured $142,866 in funding from the Federal Government's Threatened Species Community Grants Scheme to protect some of its most unusual and rare plants creatures including, the Spot-tailed Quoll, the Striped Legless Lizard, Echuca grasslands and the Trout Cod.

Dr Sharman Stone MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Environment and Heritage, has welcomed the funding boost which will see some of the state's most vulnerable plants and animals restored to their natural habitats in the wild.

"Victoria has always been ahead of the pack when it comes to recognising the value and importance of our unique natural resources and wildlife."

"The grants announced today will help protect some of our most endangered creatures from the impact of urban and agricultural development, land clearing, noxious weeds and predators, fire and declining water quality," Dr Stone said.

Seven community-based projects from around regional and rural Victoria were selected from a national pool of 73. Of the $600,000 in funding available nationally, almost one-quarter ($142,866) was distributed to Victorian projects.

"The quality of this year's Victorian projects is outstanding, with small and large projects complementing local ecological and environmental priorities."

"It is fantastic to see people from all walks of life - mums and dads, farmers, Landcare groups, conservationists, university students and indigenous communities - giving up their time to help protect Victoria's precious endangered species," Dr Stone said.

The threatened species grants are part of the $1.5 billion Natural Heritage Trust's Endangered Species Program, which aims to restore threatened species to the wild and prevent further extinctions.

The scheme is administered in conjunction with the World Wide Fund for Nature Australia.

In the past 200 years, Victoria has lost around 60 native species through extinction. A further 500-600 plant and 250 animal species are listed as endangered.

"Australia is one of only 12 'mega-diverse' nations in the world. The vast majority of our native plants and animals are found nowhere else on the planet, so it is even more important we plan ahead to protect and preserve our natural heritage for future generations," Dr Stone said.

A list of Victorian projects and brief description is attached.

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

 




1999-2000 Threatened Species Network Community Grants - Victoria
Project Title Funds Description
Aquatic Habitat Restoration for Trout Cod in Sevens Creek (Euroa) $50,000 Restoration of Sevens Creek, containing the only remaining wild population of the endangered Trout Cod. Project involves 10kms of fencing, improving 4kms of in-stream habitat, signage, stream bank restoration, population surveys.
North-east Woodlands Conservation Project (Chiltern) $4,974 Conservation of 30 ha of Mugga Ironbark woodland, to enhance habitat for the endangered Regent Honeyeater. Activities include tree planting, signage, establishing conservation agreements with private landholders.
Propagation Unit for Nationally Threatened Plant Species (Warnambool) $20,000 Establishment of a micro-propagation unit for endangered plant species at the Worn Gundidji Aboriginal Cooperative Nursery.
Landscapes for Malleefowl (Vic) (Boundary Bend) $35, 943 Habitat restoration for the endangered Malleefowl and Regent Parrot on North-west Victoria. Activities include 20kms of fencing, re-establishment of 500 ha of habitat, weed and fire control signage.
Winda-Mara Community Spot-tailed Quoll and Koala Management $5,000 Habitat restoration and management of 1500 hectares of Aboriginal land including the Stony-rise Manna Gum Woodland. Activities include population surveys, fox control, koala sterilisation (if required) and signage.
Protection of Threatened Grassland Plants Across Campaspe Shire (Echuca) $4,189 Protection of 200 ha of endangered flowering peas and other grassland plants. Activities include 2kms of fencing to prevent overgrazing, signage and surveys and preparation of a management plan.
Search and Survey for Populations of Striped Legless Lizard in Far South West Victoria (Hamilton) $5,000 Farmers and RMIT volunteers will identify vulnerable lizard populations and negotiate management plans for habitat conservation.
Repairing Key Striped Legless Lizard Habitat (Albion) $17,760 Restoration of 40 ha of lizard habitat of the threatened Western Basalt Plains Grassland. Activities include: 1.5km fencing, weed control, grassland re-establishment, fire control, signage and on-going monitoring from adjoining Victoria University campus.


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