Threatened Species Recovery Fund

30/5/2017

Community organisations in O’Connor that work to protect our native species can now apply for support for their efforts under the Federal Government’s Threatened Species Recovery Fund.

Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson MP said the fund, which supports community projects that can help meet the targets and objectives in the Threatened Species Strategy, has previously seen Government funding flow into the electorate.

“Last year we gave a $250,000 grant to the Gilbert’s Potoroo Action group to support their work in the Great Southern,” Mr Wilson said.

“Gilbert’s Potoroo is one of the most vulnerable species in Australia and the ongoing work funded by this grant will be vital in protecting its limited population.

“O’Connor is home to other critically endangered species like the Western Ground Parrot and the Mallee Fowl, and this is a good opportunity for community-based organisations to apply for funding to support their efforts.

“I would encourage any of these groups across the electorate working to protect threatened species to lodge an application.”

Since the appointment of the Threatened Species Commissioner in June 2014, the Government has mobilised more than $211 million for projects that support and protect our threatened species.

During this time, the Government has delivered Australia’s first Threatened Species Strategy which sets out clear and measurable targets to secure the future of 20 priority birds, 20 priority mammals and 30 priority plants by 2020.

The Strategy also commits to eradicating feral cats from five islands and establishing 10 mainland wildlife enclosures free of feral cats.

The grants under the TSRF will be awarded to eligible groups through a competitive process.

Community project proposals for support from the Fund that leverage private sector investment and align with projects in the Prospectus are encouraged. 

More information on the Threatened Species Recovery Fund, including details on how to apply, can be found on the National Landcare Programme website: http://www.nrm.gov.au/national/threatened-speces-recovery-fund.

Applications close on 15 June 2017.  

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