Funding Ensures That There Is Hope Yet For The Tasmanian Devil

Funding Ensures That There Is Hope Yet For The Tasmanian Devil

Tasmania Minister for Environment Parks and Heritage Matthew Groom

Further Boost Towards Saving The Tasmanian Devil

Victor P Taffa

The Hodgman State Government’s commitment to save the Tasmanian devil has received a boost today after the Commonwealth Government announced funding of $500,000 towards projects designed to ensure the devil’s survival, Minister for Environment Parks and Heritage Matthew Groom said.

The Devil Island Project Group, in partnership with the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program, will design, manage and construct 3,200 metres of large transportable enclosures that will be used to provide ‘soft release’ facilities adjacent to Wild Devil Recovery Zones.

This equipment will be reusable and transportable, providing for a containment area of up to 10 ha for newly released Tasmanian devils.

The funding also allows the construction of two free range enclosure facilities that will be used to house Tasmanian devils in semi-wild conditions while they receive trial immune treatment in preparation for their release into the wild.

“We’ve made great progress in the fight to save the Tasmanian devil, but there is still a way to go.” Mr. Groom said.

“The next challenge to successfully return healthy devils to the wild and rebuild the wild population. Roadkill continues to be one of the greatest threats to this effort and we can all play our part, community and Government together, to reduce the threat of roadkill to the species.”

“This has the potential to be one of the greatest global efforts to save a threatened species that has happened anywhere in the world.” Mr. Groom said.

TAS Minister for Environment Parks and Heritage Matthew Groom

TAS Minister for Environment Parks and Heritage Matthew Groom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roadkill is of concern to all Tasmanians, not just with respect to Tasmanian devils but all native wildlife. This Government is working hard, and in innovative ways, to ensure that this issue is effectively addressed.

Virtual fencing is an active electronic protection system that detects vehicles approaching at night and issues an acoustic warning to alert wildlife. It has proven to be extremely effective in preventing wildlife-vehicle collisions overseas.

The Tasmanian Government is committed to protecting and rebuilding the Tasmanian devil population, and the Commonwealth Government’s funding announced today is another important step in these ongoing efforts.