Business Invited to Improve Threatened Species’ Prospects

Monica Haynes
April 7, 2017

Terrain-Mahogany Glider - insect supper WMI1010 copyright D Dickson 2011

The Australian Government’s recently launched Threatened Species Prospectus is calling on business, industry and philanthropic organisations to join efforts to address priority native animals and plants facing the threat of extinction.

There are more than 1700 Australian species and ecological communities known to be at risk. In the Wet Tropics region this includes 50 animal species, more than 200 plant species and three ecological communities.

The Prospectus highlights 50 Australian species requiring immediate private sector investment, including six Wet Tropics species: the mahogany glider, southern cassowary, northern bettong, northern quoll, purple wattle and Lumholtz tree kangaroo (an iconic, flagship species for the endangered Mabi forest).

Terrain NRM’s Community Partnerships Officer Tony O’Malley said recovery teams have worked hard to develop the project proposals for the Australian Government’s Prospectus.

“Following the Threatened Species Commissioner’s visit to the Wet Tropics in 2015, the Australian Government listed the southern cassowary and mahogany glider as priority species to recover by 2020. The Commissioner then asked Terrain to work with the relevant recovery teams to identify the key cassowary and mahogany glider recovery actions to include in the Prospectus,” said Mr O’Malley.

Prospectus actions to reverse the decline of the cassowary include revegetating corridors, roadkill solutions, Cape York Traditional Owner projects and voluntary buyback/agreements for critical habitat, whilst the mahogany glider projects focus on appropriate fire management, supporting graziers to improve land management practices in glider habitat, and a community based monitoring program. The projects are designed to benefit multiple species.

Minister for the Environment and Energy Josh Frydenberg MP said “These projects have been assessed against the science and road tested for success by Australia’s Threatened Species Commissioner. Your association with these projects will show your customers, staff, suppliers and the broader public the value you place on our native plants and animals”.

Threatened Species Commissioner Mr Andrews said, “When I visited Far North Queensland one of the things I was really impressed with was how much the community was engaged with threatened species recovery and it was a major factor in including these projects in the Prospectus.”

If you want to learn more about how to contribute, or know of an organisation who is ready to invest in projects designed to achieve great results for multiple species, get in touch with us today!

Tony O'Malley: 0437 728 190 or email tony.omalley@terrain.org.au