- Commonwealth support for conserving Western Australia's native animals
- Traditional owners to help work on Eradicat® feral cat bait trial in the Kimberley
New projects for feral cat control worth almost $2 million will get under way in Western Australia this year with support from the Australian Government under its new Threatened Species Strategy.
Speaking at the national Threatened Species Summit in Melbourne today, Environment Minister Albert Jacob said $1.7 million in Australian Government funding would support further integration of feral cat control with fox control under the State Government's Western Shield program.
"This is significant funding on top of the State's annual commitment because it involves baiting about 850,000 hectares of conservation lands with the new Eradicat® feral cat bait that has been developed by the Western Australian Department of Parks and Wildlife," Mr Jacob said.
"It will enable us to do more feral cat baiting in the Perup Sanctuary near Manjimup, Dryandra Woodland near Narrogin, on the south coast and in Kalbarri National Park. These areas have some of our most susceptible species and this Federal Government funding is most welcome.
"While we are having success in fox control, feral cats are a significant threat to native species and we are expanding our baiting efforts with Eradicat® to specifically target them. I am pleased the Federal Government has recognised the significance of this work and is supporting our efforts to save threatened species."
Species to benefit from the program include western ringtail possums, woylies, numbats, western ground parrots, Gilbert's potoroos and black-flanked rock wallabies
Further Australian Government funding of $250,000 will allow Parks and Wildlife to trial a modified version of Eradicat®, known as Hisstory, in the Kimberley.
"The trial will determine how effective the modified bait is on feral cats in Kimberley conditions and whether there is an impact on native species, such as the northern quoll," the Minister said.
"Importantly, this project will involve Bunuba Aboriginal rangers based at Fitzroy Crossing, who will be trained in feral cat management.
"Progressing broad scale cat baiting in the Kimberley complements the State Government's strong commitment to conserving this magnificent part of WA under the $81.5 million Kimberley Science and Conservation Strategy."
- Western Shield started in 1996 under a Coalition Government
- Populations of at least 53 threatened mammal and bird species remain in existence because of Western Shield and 37 new populations have been established
- Parks and Wildlife baits about 3.8 million hectares of conservation reserves annually. In 2014-15 this delivered about 600,000 fox baits and 500,000 feral cat baits
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