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A project to help the Western Ground Parrot has been selected to support bushfire recovery in O’Connor as part of a Morrison Government grants program to help our native wildlife recover from the devastation of summer’s bushfires.

“We have made a $200 million commitment to the long-term recovery of threatened species, native animals and local habitats,” Minister Ley said.

“We are working with ecologists, Indigenous leaders, bushfire experts, scientists, wildlife experts and community organisations in preparing strategies to build back better for our wildlife and landscapes.”

Member for O’Connor, Rick Wilson, welcomed the project that aims to secure the future of the Western Ground Parrot. Following bushfire impacts to the last remaining known population of the parrot at Cape Arid National Park, this project aims to establish a new wild population to support its ongoing survival.

“The people of O’Connor have been deeply affected by the fires and seeing the environment recover around them and the return of native animals is an important part of the recovery process.

“It is going to take time and the community, with the right backing from the Morrison Government, will play a vital role in making it happen.”

In May the Government committed a further $150 million for bushfire recovery for native wildlife and habitat areas in addition to the initial $50 million funding. These funds will be invested in bushfire affected regions over the next two years.

Detail on the project to be delivered in O’Connor is available below.

More information about work to support bushfire recovery for wildlife and habitat is on the Department’s website: http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/bushfire-recovery or email: BRIT@awe.gov.au

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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.