$1 million to protect Swift Parrot

The Australian National University will receive a $1 million NSW Government grant to protect the Swift Parrot population in NSW with the Central Coast as one of two priority regions, Environment Minister Mark Speakman announced today.

Swift parrot (Lathamus discolor) flock in flight

The University is one of four organisations to share $3.7 million in grant funding to undertake a threatened species conservation project that spans 10 years under the second round of the Government’s Saving our Species Partnership grants program.

“This project aims to improve the long term viability of the nationally endangered Swift Parrot population,” Mr Speakman said.

“The project will empower community networks and land managers to implement habitat rehabilitation and restoration works to secure long term protections.”

The project will focus on two priority regions – 17 sites on the Central Coast and 19 in the Riverina. It will also attempt to protect other threatened woodland species and endangered ecological communities in the project area.

Mr Speakman said the grants program aimed to help stop the decline of biodiversity and protect the state’s threatened species into the future.

“These projects are important to help protect and stabilise local populations under threat,” Mr Speakman said.

“The grants program gets the best bang for the taxpayer’s buck because it brings researchers, the community, land management experts and the government together to protect the state’s most vulnerable species.”

Including this second round of projects the NSW Government has invested almost $10 million in this program through its Environmental Trust. This is on top of the NSW Government’s five year $100 million Saving our Species commitment to continue to safeguard the state’s threatened species.

For more information visit the Saving our Species Partnership Grants Program.