Threatened species benefit from $73,000 in new projects

February 14, 2018

Threatened species in the Wet Tropics will benefit from almost $73,000 worth of new projects.

Terrain NRM is funding six initiatives through the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program aimed at better protecting the Southern Cassowary, Mahogany Glider and Mabi forest.

The grants will help to build on the hard work of local groups in reversing the decline of some of our iconic Wet Tropics species, with protection based on science, action and partnership.

Terrain NRM’s Tony O’Malley said the Threatened Species Grants projects ranged from wildlife corridor extensions and Mabi forest weed management to the development of tourism material raising awareness of the Wet Tropic’s iconic animals and plants that were also threatened species.

The new projects are:

• $22,000 for Barron Catchment Care to manage weeds in Mabi forest at Curtain Fig, Davies Rd, Thomas Rd and Bonadios on the Atherton Tablelands, and to support a Mabi field day at Hallorans Hill.

• $1,250 for Kuranda Conservation to work with willing local landholders to revegetate strategic private lands, improving cassowary habitat and connectivity.

• $2,966 for the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland Cassowary Coast/Hinchinbrook to work with Cassowary Coast Regional Council, Girringun Aboriginal Corporation and others to design, produce, market and distribute “Mahogany Glider Country” and “I Love the Mabi Forest” products.

• $22,000 for the Mahogany Glider Recovery Team to improve connectivity for gliders by revegetating, weed management etc. in priority corridors in the Cassowary Coast region.

• $20,625 for the Cassowary Coast Regional Council to work with the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, C4 – Community for Coastal and Cassowary Conservation, and traditional owners to restore three of the Cassowary Recovery Team’s top priority wildlife corridors linking major habitat blocks at Eubenangee, Walter Hill Range and Kurrimine-Bingil Bay.

• $4,125 for the Wet Tropics Management Authority to work with C4, Mission Beach Cassowaries, Conservation Volunteers Australia, the wildlife park/zoo industry, Tourism Tropical North Queensland and eco/nature guides to develop products to connect the tourism industry to Wet Tropics threatened species.

Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said the grants were community-driven and covered a fantastic range of projects and initiatives.

“I would like to congratulate all the grant recipients - it is great to see such a broad range of initiatives receive funding,” Mr Entsch said.

“What makes these grants more significant is that they are driven by local governments and community organisations for the benefit of their respective communities.”
Mr O’Malley said successful applicants had worked closely with the relevant threatened species recovery teams when designing their projects, ensuring that funds were directed to agreed priority actions.

Cassowary Coast Regional Council’s Councillor Jeff Baines welcomed the announcement, saying collaborative projects achieved better results.

“Resources can be shared across partners, and all projects support long-term goals of habitat connectivity,’’ Cr Baines said. “They build on years of existing work in the region.”

The new projects will be completed by mid-2018. For more information, please contact Terrain NRM’s Community Partnerships team on 4043 8000.

14 February 2018