Environment Minister David Templeman said today that Western Australia was already benefiting from the first-year achievements of ‘Saving our Species’, the Carpenter Government’s $15million biodiversity conservation initiative.
Introduced in 2006, ‘Saving our Species’ addressed critical biodiversity conservation issues by using a short-term, strategic focus to achieve significant long-term results.
“The initiative represents the most significant single increase in funding for biodiversity conservation that the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) and its previous departments have ever had,” Mr Templeman said.
“It has supported some 70 projects throughout the State in the past year.
“These projects have produced significant achievements that I believe will go a long way towards providing important benefits to WA’s biodiversity.”
‘Saving our Species’ weed control operations had been undertaken on more than 8,500ha across the State, to treat about 40 invasive weed species including arum lily, neem and century plant.
More than 8,000 pest animals, including feral pigs, camels, goats and donkeys have been removed from WA’s national parks, nature reserves, forests and conservation parks.
A 12km fence has been constructed around an entire ‘Phytopthora cinnamomi’ infestation in Fitzgerald River National Park, as part of a large-scale project aimed at containing the infestation within its current catchment and stopping its spread further into the park.
With funding from ‘Saving our Species’, a bioinformatics team from DEC’s WA Herbarium has spent the past year developing and improving access to the State’s authoritative online source on WA plants, FloraBase.
‘Saving our Species’ has supported the translocation of three Gilbert’s potoroos, the world’s most endangered marsupial, from the mainland to nearby Bald Island.
“Western Australians are blessed to live in a State with such a magnificent natural environment,” the Minister said.
“Unfortunately, there are many threats to this environment, which is why the Carpenter Government is acting now to protect its future.
“The ‘Saving our Species’ program is one of many initiatives that are being undertaken to ensure future generations can appreciate our flora and fauna and their diverse habitats in the same way we have.
“The Carpenter Government is making decisions for the future and is leading the way in preparing WA to meet the challenges of our changing climate.”
Mr Templeman said the initiative would continue to deliver biodiversity conservation projects throughout WA over the next year.
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