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Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson MP says a $250,000 commitment from the Federal Government will protect the future of the critically endangered Gilbert’s Potoroo.

 

Mr Wilson announced this week a re-elected Turnbull Government would provide a grant to the Gilbert’s Potoroo Action Group to create a secure new population of the threatened species.

 

The project will be among the first to be supported by the $5 million Threatened Species Recovery Fund announced by Environment Minister Greg Hunt.

 

Members of the GPAG, an Albany-based organisation dedicated to the survival of Australia’s rarest marsupial, have previously met with Mr Wilson to discuss their efforts to protect the species.

 

“The GPAG works extremely hard to educate the wider community about the dwindling numbers of the Gilbert’s Potoroo, so I’m really pleased their work has been acknowledged,” Mr Wilson said.

 

“Community groups like the GPAG are driven by people who are committed to ensuring threatened species do not fall into extinction, so it’s important that we support their efforts.

 

“Gilbert’s Potoroo is one of the most vulnerable species in Australia and this $250,000 commitment will be a vital part of boosting its limited population.”

 

The Coalition Government appointed Australia’s first Threatened Species Commissioner and released Australia’s first Threatened Species Strategy in response to Australia’s unacceptably high rate of species extinction.

 

The Strategy contains ambitious but achievable targets to turn around the trajectory of 20

priority birds, 20 priority mammals and 30 priority plants by 2020.

 

It also commits to the creation of five feral cat-free islands, 10 mainland feral cat-free

wildlife enclosures and the culling of two million feral cats.

 

Since the appointment of the Threatened Species Commissioner in June 2014, the

Australian Government has mobilised more than $208 million for projects that directly

support and protect our threatened species.

 

The GPAG’s website can be found at http://www.potoroo.org/.

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MEET RICK

I was inspired to run for Parliament following my involvement in a decade-long campaign to deregulate the wheat industry, which brought about the end of the Australia Wheat Board’s monopoly.

“I stand proudly for the Liberal philosophy of free markets, vigorous competition, small government and individual responsibility. These are the principles that guide me in my life and in this place. My track record in public life shows clearly that I am prepared to stand up for those principles.”

“To the electors of O'Connor, I reiterate the commitment that I have made to work tirelessly on your behalf, to always be frank and honest about the challenges we face, and to work cooperatively and collaboratively to improve the lives of the people who live in the greatest part of the greatest nation on earth”

– Rick Wilson MP Maiden Speech.