Apr 1, 2022

Regent Honeyeater Birds, White’s Seahorses, Cauliflower Soft Coral and Native Guava are set to benefit from $718,446 in funding for three projects in Paterson thanks to the Morrison Government’s Threatened Species Strategy Action Plan.

Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley said conservation and restoration projects across Australia have been allocated a share of $12 million funding through the $100 million Environment Restoration Fund.

“The successful projects span all states and territories and will deliver practical action on the ground to protect more than 60 priority threatened species,” Minister Ley said.

“This includes action to restore and create important habitat, captive breeding programs to boost populations as well as new feral cat and fox management initiatives to reduce pressures from invasive predators.

“These community-led activities will help improve the trajectory of our most precious native wildlife with a range of flow on benefits for other species that share the same habitat.

“Projects announced today will also drive forward action under the Government’s recently announced Threatened Species Strategy Action Plan, which sets a pathway to coordinate practical conservation efforts for our threatened species.”

Projects to receive funding in Paterson include:

  • $233,607 for the Sydney Aquarium Company Pty Ltd for the conservation of the Endangered White’s seahorse and Cauliflower soft coral at Port Stephens, Sydney Harbour and Botany Bay.
  • $235,003 for Birdlife Australia to increase breeding and reintroductions to save the Regent Honeyeater by undertaking nest interventions to improve the breeding results of the species in the wild and releasing captive-bred birds into the Blue Mountains Region.
  • $249,836 for Australian Network For Plant Conservation Inc. to enable future recovery of Rhodomyrtus psidioides (Native Guava) by safe custody ex situ by increasing representativeness of collections and emergency capture of germplasm

Senator for New South Wales Jim Molan said this investment is a big win for Paterson’s wildlife.

“Paterson is home to a diverse population of flora and fauna and these projects will provide a boost for the native species in the area.

“The Australian Government is committed to protecting and improving the conservation of Australia’s native species and these projects are a just a few that we are supporting,” Senator Molan said.