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The Hon Dr Sharman Stone MP
Federal Member for Murray
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister
for the Environment and Heritage

7 September 2000

Striped Legless Lizard thrown 'liferope' by Landcare Group

The future of the 'striped legless lizard' is rosier today after Dr Sharman Stone MP announced that the Upper Campaspe Landcare Group had been successful in winning a Federal Government grant of $2,150 to protect its habitat as part of Threatened Species Day.

Nine community groups across Victoria have received Federal funding totalling over $68,000 under the Threatened Species Network (TSN) Community Grants Program. This will support their work in protecting the future of some of Victoria's threatened biodiversity.

"The work of this group will prevent sheep from accessing the Lake Eppalock foreshore that contains the remnant grassland habitat of the striped legless lizard. The project involves the completion of an existing boundary, allowing grazing pressure to be removed and the regeneration of grassland habitat".

Dr Stone said that in the past two hundred years of European settlement, Australia has lost 19 out of a total of 282 species of mammals and 20 out of 770 species of birds. 76 plant species have also become extinct.

"It is work of thousands of community groups like the Upper Campaspe Landcare Group that is helping to reverse this trend and protect our precious biodiversity", Sharman Stone said.

Two other Central Victorian organisations also received grants to protect threatened species.

"The Bendigo Field Naturalist's Club has received $4,950 to prevent the impact of a proposed development on the habitat of the 'Pink-tailed Worm Lizard', while the Macedon Range Conservation Society's 'Leadbeater's Possum' project will receive almost $6,000 for a habitat survey".

"The Federal Government is working very hard through initiatives like the Threatened Species Grants Program to encourage on-ground community work in saving our precious, endangered flora and fauna. In addition, the new Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act provides greater protection than ever for threatened species and ecological communities."

The TSN Community Grants Program is a joint initiative of the Federal Government's $1.5 billion Natural Heritage Trust and the World-Wide Fund for Nature.

National Threatened Species Day is designed to remind Australians of the need for threatened species conservation. It is held on September 7 each year - the day the last Tasmanian Tiger died in captivity in 1936.

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September 7th 2000

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