Western Australia’s acclaimed wildlife recovery program - Western Shield - has received a further $300,000 five-year sponsorship from the mining company, Tiwest.
Environment Minister Judy Edwards said the objective of the sponsorship was to recover rare and threatened animal species on Department of Conservation and Land Management lands, vacant Crown land and selected private lands in the Jurien-to-Lancelin area.
“The target area remains as for the initial sponsorship and extends from Tiwest Cooljarloo site to include selected sites in the area between Jurien and Lancelin on the coast and Brand Highway in the east,” Dr Edwards said.
The area covers more than 140,000ha, including Nambung and Badgingarra national parks, Southern Beekeepers, Wanagarren, Eneminga and Namming nature reserves, Department of Defence and unallocated Crown lands and Tiwest’s Cooljarloo mine site.
The target area had a greatly reduced mammal fauna before Western Shield baiting began, with no mammal species in the small to medium-size categories.
“With Tiwest’s sponsored operations between 2000 and 2005, there was an increase in the numbers of a range of species,” the Minister said.
“There were also re-introductions of woylies, tammar wallabies and quenda. Phase two of this sponsorship will aim at consolidation and increases in the real population sizes of the reintroduced species and the proposed additional reintroductions of western barred bandicoots, bilbies and banded hare-wallabies.
“Additional species might also be considered, depending on field conditions and feral animal control successes.”
Dr Edwards said Tiwest’s renewal of its sponsorship, along with CALM’s commitment earlier this month to provide a further $4million for the program over the next four years, would see Western Shield continue well into the future.
“The State Government maintains its full commitment to the Western Shield program,” she said.
“I commend and thank Tiwest for its foresight and enthusiasm in becoming involved with this very worthwhile project.”
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