Wet Tropics endangered species gets an $825k boost

Terrain NRM has been successful in securing $825,000 from the Australian Government’s Caring for Our Country initiative for a project to save Mahogany Gliders, Cassowaries and Littoral Rainforest affected by Cyclone Yasi.

The project, Building Resilience for Cassowary, Mahogany Glider and Littoral Rainforest, will increase and improve habitat by supporting on-ground action including revegetation, weed and pig control, fire management and fencing.

Terrain has collaborated with community groups, including Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland, Community for Coastal and Cassowary Conservation, the Cassowary Coast and Hinchinbrook Regional Councils, Girringun Aboriginal Rangers, CSIRO, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, WTMA and Conservation Volunteers Australia over the past three years to develop a program which builds resilience in the landscape supporting some of the region’s most iconic places and animals.

Mahogany Glider  by David Dickson Wildcard Art

Mahogany Glider by David Dickson Wildcard Art

Terrain’s CEO, Carole Sweatman said, “Years of planning and community engagement has gone into the development of this project and we are delighted with the outcome.

“The funds awarded to the region through Terrain signify the importance and scale of the threat to our region’s biodiversity including the impacts of development and natural disasters.

“I congratulate our Biodiversity Team, Rowena Grace and Tony O’Malley, along with our community partners for pulling this together and facilitating such a fantastic and exciting project on behalf of the region.”

Terrain will now work with community organisations, Traditional Owners, researchers, State and Local Government from Mission Beach to Ingham to improve habitat condition, build landscape connectivity and support landholders to carry out rehabilitation works.

The project is funded through to June 2013 and work to select sites and plan for action are already underway.

For more information contact Rowena Grace, Biodiversity Program Leader, Terrain NRM email rowenag@terrain.org.au or phone 0438 130 125.