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Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
7 September 2004
Threatened mammals on the Sir Edward Pellew Islands are just some of the unique Australian animals and plants that will have a more secure future thanks to a $25,000 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 Officer of WWF Australia, Deirdre Moore, said the Northern Territory group had been funded to help protect threatened mammals.
"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.
"The Mabunji Aboriginal Resource Association will work with local groups to monitor the Carpentarian Antechinus and other threatened mammals on the Sir Edward Pellew Islands.
"Other major components of the project will be building community skills and resources and identifying areas of importance for traditional owners."
Senator Campbell said over the past six years the grants had 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."
Details of the project are attached. For more information about National Threatened Species Day or the Threatened Species Network, visit http://www.deh.gov.au/biodiversity/threatened/information/ts-day/index.html or http://www.wwf.org.au/tsn . National Threatened Species Day information kits may be obtained by telephoning freecall 1800 803 772.
|Project Title||Proponent||Description||TSN Grant|
|Monitoring and conserving threatened mammals on the Sir Edward Pellew Islands||Mabunji Aboriginal Resource Association||This project will see traditional owners working with the community to establish a monitoring program for the vulnerable Carpentarian Antechinus and other threatened mammals on the Sir Edward Pellew Islands. The project will build knowledge about fauna surveying, feral and fire management techniques and areas of importance for traditional owners.||$25,000|