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Eight new projects to help save our threatened species



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THE HON JOSH FRYDENBERG MP Minister for the Environment and Energy

MEDIA RELEASE

Media Contact: Kane Silom - Office of the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP - 02 6277 7920

25 January 2017

EIGHT NEW PROJECTS TO HELP SAVE OUR THREATENED SPECIES

Eight new projects worth more than $475,000 will deliver a welcome New Year boost for threatened species such as the bilby, matchstick banksia, eastern barred bandicoot and brush-tailed rabbit-rat.

The projects build on the success of the Threatened Species Strategy and will help us meet its ambitious targets for future years.

One of our targeted mammals, the bilby, is set to benefit from a project that brings Indigenous groups and rangers together for a Bilby Blitz across important areas of its habitat Australia.

This nationally coordinated monitoring program for the species will provide the information needed to better manage and conserve this remarkably iconic Australian burrowing marsupial.

Two other projects will focus on insuring our incredible threatened plants.

The first project will help the horticulture and nursery industries to propagate and sell threatened plants so that Australians can grow some of our most endangered plants in their very own backyards.

The second will develop a toolkit for community groups to collect and bank endangered plant seeds.

Other projects include building a database to capture the efforts of species recovery teams and raising community awareness of threatened species.

Work will also be funded to reduce the impacts of feral cats on Australia’s wildlife, by building the skills and capacity of island communities (the Tiwi Islands, French Island, Kangaroo Island, Bruny Island, Dirk Hartog Island and Christmas Island).

Today’s announcement brings total Coalition Government funding since 2014 in support of threatened species to more than $210 million.

More information on the Threatened Species Strategy can be found via: https://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/threatened/publications/strategy-home