$480,000 predator-proof enclosure at Dryandra to be built by December 2016
New legislation supports on-ground work to help threatened species
The Liberal National Government is on track to deliver a 2013 election commitment to safeguard threatened native mammals at Dryandra Woodland near Narrogin in the Wheatbelt.
Environment Minister Albert Jacob said a fence would be built this year to create a 1,000-hectare safe haven in the woodland for native animals including woylies and numbats.
On the eve of National Threatened Species Day, Mr Jacob said the Liberal National Government's work on threatened species was underpinned by new wildlife provisions in the Biodiversity Conservation Bill 2015 that is being debated in State Parliament.
"Dryandra Woodland is one of the most important areas for fauna conservation in Western Australia, supporting 10 threatened species and one of the few remaining wild populations of numbats and woylies," he said.
"Tenders have been advertised for the $480,000 feral predator-proof enclosure, which is intended to be completed by the end of the year."
The fence will be built under the Department of Parks and Wildlife's Western Shield wildlife recovery program in conjunction with fox baiting, feral cat baiting with Eradicat, and trapping to clear the sanctuary of predators. There will also be a co-ordinated neighbour and community involvement monitoring program.
"This project is an example of the Liberal National Government's commitment to deliver more on-ground outcomes while improving the legislative framework to better protect our threatened species," the Minister said.
The introduction of the Biodiversity Conservation Bill 2015 is another election promise being delivered by the Government to demonstrate its commitment to protecting the environment.
"The Liberal National Government is proud of bringing to State Parliament a modern, sensible and balanced replacement to inadequate and outdated environmental laws," Mr Jacob said.
"This legislation will be backed up by work on the ground, paving the way for wildlife conservation that involves less red tape, new levels of accountability, and enhanced protection for native animals and particularly endangered species."
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