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Media Release

Senator Grant Tambling

Parliamentary Secretary to

the Minister for Health and Aged Care

CLP Senator for the Northern Terrritory

 

TIME RUNNING OUT TO ACCESS FUNDING TO PROTECT ENDANGERED SPECIES

 

CLP Senator Grant Tambling has urged local community groups to apply for a share of the $600,000 in funding available nationally to help protect and conserve rare and endangered plants and animals.

 

Senator Tambling said funding was available through the Threatened Species Network Community Grants Scheme, which is jointly funded through the Federal Government’s Natural Heritage Trust and the World Wide Fund for Nature Australia.

 

He said groups only had until June 29 to make an application.

 

“Feral animals, noxious weeds and agricultural and industrial development have had a devastating effect on our fragile native flora and fauna,” Senator Tambling said.

 

“That’s why the Federal Government is encouraging community groups, local councils, indigenous organisations, clubs and schools to involve themselves in projects which will assist in rebuilding populations of native plants and animals.

 

Senator Tambling said funding was available for conservation activities such as:

•  Enhancing, restoring and establishing native habitat;

• Controlling feral animals and weeds;

• Population surveys and monitoring programs;

• Planting threatened native species;

• Managing visitor access and erecting signage; and

• Fencing and fire management.

 

“The Federal Government has also established a group of experts in each state to help develop proposals, provide information and support and generally assist community groups to access funds.”

 

He said people wanting more information should phone 1800 803 772 or visit http://www.nht.gov.au/funds.htm.

 

ENDS

23.6.99

 

Contact: Lynne Hare 8981 3567

 

 

 

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