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Media Release
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

7 September 2004

More than $100,000 invested to protect threatened species in NSW

The endangered Green and Golden Bell Frog and the vulnerable Swift Parrot are some of the unique Australian species that will have a more secure future thanks to a $102,153 investment from the Australian Government's $3 billion Natural Heritage Trust.

Announcing the Threatened Species Network Community Grants today, Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, and Acting Chief Executive Office of WWF Australia, Deirdre Moore, said that five New South Wales groups had been funded to help protect threatened plants and animals.

"The Threatened Species Network Community Grants are a partnership between the Natural Heritage Trust and WWF Australia, and aim to help local groups take action to conserve at-risk species," Senator Campbell said.

"In New South Wales, Birds Australia will use its $13,333 to work with local landholders and volunteer birdwatchers to restore habitat for threatened birds such as the vulnerable Superb Parrot and the endangered Swift Parrot.

"The Friends of the Green and Golden Bell Frog will use their $18,692 grant to create breeding ponds and monitor habitat for local frog populations.

"And at the Tar-Ru Station, Itha-Mari Ltd will work with local Indigenous communities to protect the endangered Malleefowl by installing fences and creating a ‘best practice' land management model."

Other grants in New South Wales include $27,300 to help the Nature Conservation Working Group protect Grassy Box Woodland and $14,239 for the Wilson Richards Area Residents Group to remove rubbish, plant native species and provide community training.

Senator Campbell said over the past six years the grants have provided more than $3 million in Natural Heritage Trust funding for more than 280 projects across Australia.

"The commemoration of National Threatened Species Day on 7 September provides an opportunity to recognise and commend the work of all our Threatened Species Network volunteers and encourage all Australians to join the fight to conserve our precious native species."

WWF Australia Acting Chief Executive Officer, Deirdre Moor, said the drive and commitment of local groups was the real success story behind the Threatened Species Network Grants program.

"More than 1600 animals and plants are now on the national threatened species list. WWF predicts that as much as 20% of Australia's species will be threatened with extinction by 2010, mainly as a result of climate change, landclearing, the impact of weeds and pests and the loss of habitat," Ms Moor said.

"WWF is proud to work with the many dedicated Australians working hard to create a future for our threatened plants and animals. Their actions are an essential part of dealing with the massive challenges that face Australia if we are to address the extinction wave.

"We can't afford to lose any more. And the ongoing partnership between the Australian Government and WWF Australia will continue to support vital on-ground conservation work carried out by community groups."

A list of NSW projects is attached. For more information about National Threatened Species Day or the Threatened Species Network, visit or . National Threatened Species Day information kits may be obtained by telephoning freecall 1800 803 772.

Threatened Species Network Community Grants in New South Wales - Seventh Funding Round

Project Title Proponent Description TSN Grant

New South Wales

Restoration of woodland bird habitat at Cowra

Birds Australia

This project is a collaboration between Birds Australia, local landholders and volunteer Birdwatchers. It aims to restore woodland bird habitat in the Cowra region, where species such as the endangered Swift Parrot and vulnerable Superb Parrot live.


Green and Golden Bell Frog – Davistown

Friends of the Green and Golden Bell Frog

This project aims to create breeding ponds and monitor areas of Green and Golden Bell Frog habitat, and also plans to enhance movement corridors between populations.


Protecting Malleefowl and other threatened species habitat on Tar-Ru Station

Itha-Mari Ltd

The endangered Malleefowl and Regent Parrot will get a helping hand through this project. Conservation activities will include fencing to reduce grazing pressures and education programs with local Indigenous communities.


Threat abatement for endangered Pimelea spicata, Parrotts Farm

WRARG (Wilson Richardson Area Residents' Group)

This project will focus on the endangered Pimelia spicata and the endangered ecological community of Cumberland Plain Woodland. Over 12 months, work will include rubbish removal, revegation, fencing and community training.


Protecting Grassy Box Woodland for Curlew conservation

Nature Conservation Working Group

This project aims to protect, enhance and expand the nationally endangered Grassy Box Woodland at the same time securing habitat for the Bush Stone-curlew and the endangered Regent Honeyeater and Swift Parrot.






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