Environment Minister Donna Faragher today announced $650,000 towards nature conservation projects in Western Australia's south coast and South-West regions in 2010-11, including recovery actions for the critically endangered western ground parrot and Gilbert's potoroo.
The projects are part of a $3.75million targeted investment by the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) in 2010-11 to implement projects for the conservation of Western Australia's native plants, animals and ecosystems.
Mrs Faragher said the south coast projects this year were focusing on the protection and recovery of threatened species and dieback management.
“The south coast contains a significant diversity of rare and distinctive flora and fauna, particularly the Fitzgerald River National Park, which is a national biodiversity hotspot,” she said.
“Three projects totalling $200,000 will focus on controlling and preventing the spread of dieback in the national park, putting DEC at the cutting edge of dieback management in Australia.
“There will be a $110,000 contribution to a major project for the protection and recovery of the western ground parrot, which also receives funding support from private sources and Natural Resource Management groups.”
Another project will provide $120,000 to support the establishment of a mainland population of Gilbert's potoroos in a secure enclosure at Waychinicup National Park. This new population will be created using animals captured from the population now established on Bald Island.
“The western ground parrot and Gilbert's potoroo are critically endangered and endemic to WA's south coast, so it is vital that we do everything we can to prevent these extraordinary species from becoming extinct,” the Minister said.
In the South-West, $180,000 will be dedicated towards halting the decline of the numbat population in Dryandra Woodland.
“This important project will involve controlling foxes and cats, which prey particularly on younger numbats, as well as surveying known numbat sites across WA to assist with the current translocation program for the species,” Mrs Faragher said.
“DEC will also allocate $50,000 towards controlling feral pigs in the Warren region. Feral pigs are recognised as a significant threat to biodiversity due to predation, habitat destruction, competition for food and disease transmission.”
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