| December 15, 2016

$20,000 to help save the Plains Wanderer

The Nationals Member for Murray, Damian Drum today announced $20,000 in funding to the Friends of Terrick Terrick National Park to help save the Plains Wanderer.

Friends of Terrick Terrick National Park will use the funds to help protect the iconic Plains Wanderer and will work closely with Parks Victoria on planting native grasses and conducting surveys to help protect this endangered bird species.

Mr Drum said he was very pleased to be at the Davis Homestead site today to announce the delivery of another election commitment by the Coalition Government.

“The Government is investing $5 million in the Threatened Species Recovery Fund to support local communities to protect our vulnerable wildlife,” Mr Drum said.

“Australia’s unacceptably high rate of species extinction is a problem that needed a fresh approach and that is why the Coalition Government released Australia’s first Threatened Species Strategy.

“Protecting our vulnerable wildlife is not a task that governments can do alone, we can only be successful by working in partnership with all levels of government, the private sector and the community.

“The Threatened Species Recovery Fund will help galvanise community action on the ground, where it is needed most.

“I congratulate the Friends of Terrick Terrick National Park on their successful application and am pleased to announce funding of $20,000 has been granted through the Fund.

“This is important work as I understand 95 per cent of the Plains-Wanderer’s native habitat has been lost to cultivation,” Mr Drum said.

The species is now concentrated in only a few areas – here on the Patho Plains and in the New South Wales Riverina - with some sightings in South Australia. The Plains Wanderer is sensitive to grass structure so as soon as the grass becomes too thick or too sparse they abandon the site.

Mr Drum acknowledged the local landowners especially the Bails, McGillivrays and Allens who are supporting the cause by ensuring part of their properties are appropriately grazed.

“This is a very important commitment to the cause as maintaining appropriate grasslands is a key challenge in preserving the Plains Wanderer,” Mr Drum said.

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