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Media Release
Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment

Trust Funds to Conserve Baw Baw Frog

21 July 1997

The Howard Government has allocated $1.2 million from the Natural Heritage Trust to fund 49 projects, including 11 in Victoria, aimed at protecting threatened native plants and animals.

Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill says the Victorian projects, totalling $328 400, will be among the first conducted as part of Australia's largest environmental rescue effort.

"Through the Natural Heritage Trust, the Howard Government is supporting an increase in effective activity on-the-ground, where it will directly help to restore threatened species to a secure status in the wild.

"The 49 projects will target a range of species in urgent need of conservation action and enable government agencies and local communities to work together to protect threatened species in their region.

"The Victorian Department of Natural Resources and Environment will examine possible links between climate change and the decline of populations of the Baw Baw Frog, and also study the species' diet and breeding habits.

"Birds Australia receives a grant of $82 300 to aid the recovery of the nationally endangered South-eastern Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, found in parts of Victoria and South Australia.

"The project will involve studying the cockatoos' breeding habits, conducting a population census, determining the effects of fire on the birds' food supply and promoting the regeneration of suitable habitat.

"Other Victorian projects include the Corangamite Water Skink ecology and status study, and the development of recovery plans for the Bald-tip Beard Orchid and a native fish species, the Barred Galaxias."

Anyone wanting to participate in nature conservation projects such as these can contact Environment Australia on 06 250 0200 or the Threatened Species Network coordinator for Victoria on 03 9650 8296.

Contact: Julie Marks (Senator Hill's office) 06 277 7640
David Kay (Environment Australia) 06 250 0240 or 250 0766
21 July 1997

Commonwealth of Australia