Bushfire recovery for affacted native wildlife in the Blue Mountains

Thursday, 13 August 2020

Two projects have been selected to support bushfire recovery in the Blue Mountains as part of the Morrison Government’s Wildlife and Habitat Bushfire Recovery Program.

The projects, Building capacity for resilience & recovery of threatened ecological communities and Securing threatened frogs from bushfire impact, are being undertaken by the University of New South Wales and the University of Newcastle respectively.

The Minister for the Environment, the Hon Sussan Ley MP, who met with local experts and officials in February at the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment said the funding would help native wildlife and habitat recover from the devastation of summer’s bushfires.

“We have made a $200 million commitment to the long-term recovery of threatened species, native animals and local habitats,” Minister Ley said.

“We are working with ecologists, Indigenous leaders, bushfire experts, scientists, wildlife experts and community organisations in preparing strategies to build back better for our wildlife and landscapes.”

Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, said the projects would help deliver better environmental outcomes and contribute to the management of bushfire risks.

“Supporting the unique wildlife and habits within the Blue Mountains National Park is an absolute priority as part of the Morrison Government’s plan to support the environment in the wake of the 2019-20 bushfires,” Senator Payne.

“So is harnessing the insights and expertise of local organisations, which is why Minister Ley and I organised a roundtable earlier this year to help steer the local recovery effort.

“I’m pleased to deliver this initial tranche of funding which will mean further critical interventions to help protect endangered ecological communities, like the Temperate Highland Peat Swamps.

“The Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute have advocated for the need to protect these swamps which are home to the Blue Mountains water skink, a priority species.”

In May the Government committed a further $150 million for bushfire recovery for native wildlife and habitat areas in addition to the initial $50 million funding. These funds will be invested in bushfire affected regions over the next two years.

More information about work to support bushfire recovery for wildlife and habitat is on the Department’s website: http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/bushfire-recovery or email: BRIT@awe.gov.au

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