Western Australia Minister for Environment Donna Faragher
Goldfields Receives $320,000 Nature Conservation Boost
Victor P Taffa
Environment Minister Donna Faragher today announced $320,000 for the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) to carry out priority nature conservation projects in the Goldfields.
The Projects are part of a $3.75 Million targeted investment for 2010-11 to implement projects for the conservation of Western Australia’s native plants, animals and ecosystems, with a focus in the Goldfields on managing and protecting former pastoral leases purchased for conservation by the State Government.
Mrs. Faragher said the Goldfields contained a diversity of landforms, vegetation types and fauna species, all of which contributed to the region’s high conservation value.
“The Goldfields has large tracts of land reserved for conservation, and DEC is working hard to develop and maintain infrastructure and carry out biodiversity conservation projects to protect local flora and fauna.” the Minister said.
“Included in the funding is $125,000 to construct fencing on the eastern boundary of Lorna Glen, a former pastoral lease on which DEC is aiming to restore ecosystem function and biodiversity, including the re-introduction of 11 threatened Mammal Species.”
“The mammal re-introduction program aims to recover a range of species which once roamed over much of Australia, many of which are now restricted to offshore islands and small, isolated parts of the mainland.” Mrs. Faragher said.
“This fence will prevent the encroachment of livestock and camels onto Lorna Glen, and therefore eliminate overgrazing of vegetation, reduce soil compaction and erosion, and prevent the further introduction of weeds on this biologically diverse landscape.”
The Minister said another highlight of the Goldfields program was $40,000 to support increased resources for weed and pest animal control, fire management and infrastructure maintenance on former pastoral leases.
“This will assist in rehabilitating degraded former pastoral leases and restoring vegetation condition, mitigate the risk of wildfires and reduce the threat of pest animals and weeds.” Mrs. Faragher said.
The Projects are consistent with DEC’s ‘Good Neighbour Policy’, which aims to build and maintain good relations with neighbours and generate understanding, respect and support within the neighbouring Pastoral Community.