Funding boost to continue fight against extinction
The Australian Government today announced another eight projects to fight extinction under its Threatened Species Recovery Fund.
Assistant Minister for the Environment, Melissa Price, said that the new projects would help to improve the trajectories of some of Australia’s most threatened species, like the Central Rock-rat, the Kangaroo Island Dunnart, and the Blue-top Sun-orchid.
“The Federal Government is committed to protecting and recovering Australia’s remarkable threatenedspecies,” Ms Price said. “As Assistant Minister for the Environment, I will continue to be a strong advocate for threatened species in this country, both within parliament and outside of it.
“Some 20 per cent of all the threatened species in Australia are found in my electorate, and their protection is something I take very seriously.
“Since 2014, we’ve delivered more than $255 million for 1,200 projects supporting threatened species outcomes. I will be looking at where there are opportunities for further partnerships to improveoutcomes for Australia’s special plants and animals.”
Making the announcement at the site for one of the projects —Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve—Minister Price added that the Australian Government is contributing $80,000 through the Threatened Species Recovery Fund to support the creation of a 120-hectare predator-proof fenced area, assisting recovery efforts for the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby.
“This project is a great example of what can be achieved when different tiers of Government worktogether,” Minister Price said.
“Zoos Victoria and the ACT Government are making significant investments to build the enclosure and for ongoing maintenance – we’re very proud to support the project with additional funding andgive the Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby the best possible chance of recovery.
“This is just one of the eight projects that we are funding right across the country. The projects announced today will boost efforts to help recover threatened species right across Australia.”
Threatened Species Commissioner, Dr Sally Box, praised the announcement and said these projects will be key in delivering the Threatened Species Strategy. “Conservation is everybody’s business, and theseprojects represent partnerships with organisations all over Australia. I look forward to tracking theirsuccess.”
Source : Australian Minister for the Environnement.
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