The Palaszczuk Government is supporting the protection of threatened species in Queensland, with $1.5 million in grants funding now available.
Minister for the Environment Leeanne Enoch has announced individual grants of up to $100,000 are now available under the Palaszczuk Government’s Community Sustainability Action – Protecting Queensland’s Threatened Species funding scheme.
“This funding will go towards community-based projects that help directly protect threatened species, including improving habitat, installing fences or undertaking population surveys,” she said.
“This is the third round of the Community Sustainability Action grants, which have so far seen $3.7 million allocated to 157 environmental conservation projects.
“To date, these grants have yielded some excellent results for Queensland’s threatened species.”
Ms Enoch said these grants underlined the importance of protecting and conserving our threatened species, including bridled nailtail wallabies.
“These wallabies were once thought to be extinct, until they were rediscovered in 1973 on Taunton Station west of Rockhampton,” Ms Enoch said.
“Now they are benefiting from recovery efforts.
“A review conducted late last year has found that the recovery program of nailtail wallabies had helped the population to grow.”
Ms Enoch said the Queensland Government was now also assisting the NSW Government in their recovery efforts.
“We know Queenslanders care about the environment, and this is why grants programs like this are so important.
“Our Government has also made other significant changes to help protect our threatened species, including increasing our protected areas by more than a million hectares since coming into Government in 2015, and introducing vegetation management laws to end broadscale land clearing.”
The threatened species protection grants are part of the $18 million Community Sustainability Action grant program, funded over six years and supporting heritage, environment and conservation projects.
Full guidelines on eligible applicants and projects under the Threatened Species Grants scheme are available on the Department of Environment and Science’s website at www.qld.gov.au/environment/pollution/funding/community-sustainability.
Applications close in early July.
Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science and Minister for the Arts
The Honourable Leeanne Enoch