Judy Edwards

Judy Edwards

Former Minister for the Environment; Science

    Bushland benefits from conservation funding

    19/10/2005 12:00 AM
     
    19/10/05

    The State Government has allocated more than $700,000 to private landholders in Western Australia’s South-West under its innovative bushland conservation funding scheme, Bushland Benefits.

    Environment and Science Minister Dr Judy Edwards said nearly 8,000ha of bushland and wetland would benefit from the funding provided through the program.

    “Bushland Benefits, that was developed by the Department of Conservation and Land Management, encourages private landowners to submit tenders for undertaking management actions to improve the biodiversity value of their bushland or wetland areas,” Dr Edwards said.

    “The program assists approved landholders who want to conserve such areas but need help with the initial management costs."

    The Minister said the 58 successful projects - out of 72 submissions - included a number of wetlands of conservation significance, threatened ecological communities and threatened flora and fauna populations.

    The successful projects included:
    • 17 wetland areas, three of which include a portion of Swan Coastal Plain ‘Conservation category’ wetlands;
    • seven threatened ecological communities;
    • 30 populations of declared rare fauna;
    • 10 populations of threatened fauna; and
    • 21 projects that will provide benefits to Baudin’s or Carnaby’s black cockatoos or the malleefowl.
    Project activities involved fencing of remnant vegetation (38 projects), environmental weed control (17 projects), revegetation of 162ha of land (22 projects) and biological surveys to assist future bushland management (three projects).

    Dr Edwards said each successful landholder would need to prepare a management plan that would be implemented with the help of an advisory service provider.

    “The landholders are being contacted by CALM to receive their initial funding, with further payments being made when agreed milestones have been reached,” she said.

    The Minister acknowledged the efforts of WWF Australia’s 'Auction for Landscape Recovery in WA' and 'Bush Tender' in Victoria that supported the development of Bushland Benefits.

    Minister's office: 9220 5050