Malleefowl in the Northern Agricultural Region are set to receive a boost after the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council (NACC) announced the recipients of its latest round of Biodiversity Community Grants.
NACC is able to offer these grants through the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program and NACC’s Biodiversity Coordinator Jessica Stingemore said the grant recipients would make a vast contribution across the region and help improve the trajectory of the elusive yet remarkable Malleefowl.
“The grants will raise public awareness of Malleefowl and also encourage greater coordination of monitoring,” she said
“While Malleefowl monitoring highlights the issues associated with the Malleefowl themselves, it also provides good information on the health of the broader environment in which they live. A healthy environment has an ongoing positive effect on the health of Malleefowl and many other species – both animals and plants – which rely on similar environments for their survival.”
Recipients of the NACC Biodiversity Community Grants 2018 Round Four –
- WA Malleefowl Recovery Group – WA Malleefowl Fauna Monitoring Kits: This project will update and complete the WA Malleefowl monitoring kits. These kits contain smartphones, GPS devices, monitoring photo-boards, radios and medical kits. All this equipment for field monitoring of Malleefowl is ideally contained in fit for purpose rucksacks.
- National Malleefowl Recovery Group – WA Malleefowl Monitor Training: The project will provide Malleefowl monitoring training to local Indigenous people, local landholders and volunteer citizen scientists. The training will be provided in field while undertaking the actual monitoring at sites.
- Bush Heritage Australia – Community Engagement around Threatened Species at Hamelin Reserve: The Hamelin Science Fair is a weekend-long event that brings community, scientists and local residents together to celebrate science and conservation on Hamelin Reserve and the adjacent Shark Bay World Heritage Area. In 2019 the fair will focus on the conservation of threatened species found on Hamelin Reserve including Malleefowl and the Hamelin Skink.
- Yarra Yarra Catchement Management Group – Yarra Yarra Community Direct Seeder: This project will purchase a direct seeding machine to be shared amongst Yarra Yarra Catchment Farmers and community groups to direct seed biodiverse native seeds which farmers could utilise to revegetate areas of land that are no longer productive for cropping.
All conservation work being undertaken to conserve the Malleefowl around the region are vital to its recovery and funding for projects that help support the recovery of Malleefowl are still open. Community groups and land managers are encouraged to discuss their project idea and eligibility with NACC as soon as possible.
These Biodiversity Community Grants are supported by NACC through funding from the Australian Government’s Regional Land Partnerships component of the National Landcare Program Second Phase.
Photo Credit: Bush Heritage Australia