Tuesday, 09 October 2018
$100,000 for threatened species project in Upper Lachlan Shire
State Member for Goulburn, Pru Goward today announced a $100,000 grant awarded under the Saving our Species Conservation Co-Funding Scheme for the Kanangra-Boyd to Wyangala (K2W) Glideways project.
The project, which will be rolled out across Wombeyan, Copperhania, Abercombie, Gillindich and Wyangala reserves, aims to benefit the Squirrel Glider through improvements to the animal’s habitable area.
The K2W Glideways program is currently in its third year of a six year NSW Environmental Trust Bushconnect program, working to restore land from the Blue Mountains towards Cowra.
Ms Goward said the Saving our Species Conservation Co-Funding Scheme was a three-year commitment.
“I congratulate the K2W Glideways foundation, they are highly experienced at restoring natural habitat and threatened ecological communities as well as controlling threats to conservation.
“I’m pleased to say that under the co-funding scheme partners are required to match government investment, this means together we can stretch our reach of threatened species projects even further.
“The program is one part of the NSW Government’s $100 million Saving our Species program, aimed at securing threatened species in the wild for 100 years,” Ms Goward said.
Currently implemented across three sites, the new project would add another district to the existing program of Gillindich-Wyangala.
This strategic project aims to raise community awareness between landholders of the significance of their properties in contributing to natural ‘glideways’ - which support the persistence and movement of squirrel gliders.
The program will also provide property habitat assessments and development of voluntary agreements to promote farmer awareness and the delivery of tangible projects for habitat enhancement. This will include landholder involvement in next box construction, installation and maintenance of nest boxes and infill feed species planting. In addition the project will also tackle coordinated management of feral predators and introduced grazers.
Almost $2.5 million has been awarded to non-government organisations to work with the NSW Government under Saving our Species program in a new approach to delivering joint projects.
Projects involving large forest owls, lyrebirds and legless lizards are among the first to receive a share of almost $2.5 million, as the NSW Government partners with conservation organisations to deliver joint projects for some of our most vulnerable species.