A timely injection of funds has boosted efforts to save two of Western Australia’s critically endangered species Environment Minister Donna Faragher said today.
Mrs Faragher said $60,000 of Natural Resource Management (NRM) funding would be shared by programs aiding the recovery of Gilbert’s potoroo and the elusive western ground parrot.
“Both species are at risk of becoming extinct,” she said.
“It is estimated that there are only about 100 western ground parrots and although recovery actions have seen Gilbert’s potoroo increase from about 35 to 60 in the wild there is still a long way to go before this rare marsupial’s survival is assured.”
Both the western ground parrot and Gilbert’s potoroo are found only on WA’s south coast.
The two known populations of the parrot are in the Fitzgerald River and Cape Arid national parks.
There is one wild population of about 35 potoroos at Two Peoples Bay and about 25 in an introduced population on Bald Island off the coast near Albany.
The NRM funding will support the monitoring of Gilbert’s potoroo numbers in the crucial mainland population.
The western ground parrot program will use the funds to help develop methods of managing feral cats in Fitzgerald River National Park.
“Western Australia’s endemic species are highly valued by the community and are an integral part of our social values,” the Minister said.
“Recognition of the importance of protecting biodiversity has seen strong, ongoing community involvement in recovery actions for species like the western ground parrot and Gilbert’s potoroo - the value of this help and support cannot be emphasised enough.”
Mrs Faragher said the funding was part of the State Government's $3.5million special allocation to NRM projects ready to get under way immediately.
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Photo taken by Dick Walker/ Gilbert's Potoroo Action Group.
Photo taken by Brent Barrett.