The Morrison Government has delivered on its commitment to boost funding for wildlife and habitat affected by bushfires, announcing an additional $150 million to assist in disaster response.
Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley said the Government’s total investment, now $200 million, will secure the future of treasured native species across Australia.
“We have listened to the experts from the Wildlife and Threatened Species Bushfire Recovery Expert Panel, from wildlife carers, conservation organisations and community groups,” Ms Ley said.
“They are identifying ways to best help our native animal and plant species in terms of recovery and long-term protection.
“Since our initial package which has delivered much needed relief for volunteers, land managers, seed banks, veterinarians and zoos, we have been clear that more money would be forthcoming and we intend to put it to the best possible use, using expert advice.”
Available from 1 July over the next two years, the additional $150 million will target on‑ground action across bushfire-affected regions, including our treasured World and National Heritage places.
Senator for Victoria Sarah Henderson said the Government will partner with states and territories, Indigenous communities, scientists, zoos, Landcare groups, non‑government organisations and local communities in the roll out of recovery projects.
“We are targeting interventions for at-risk species in bushfire-affected regions and in vulnerability hotspots across Australia to ensure we limit the decline of as many species as possible and help some of our most special places bounce back,” Senator Henderson said.
“The impacts of the bushfires on native wildlife and landscapes has been significant. While there are some encouraging signs our native animals and plants are starting to bounce back, experts advise it will take at least a decade or more of sustained effort to recover.”
Beyond the investment announced today, the Morrison Government remains committed to developing innovative funding mechanisms to help protect and support the long-term recovery.
Whether on the ground or in vital research and planning, this important work will continue where possible to give our precious plants and animals the best chance at survival and long-term recovery.
More information on the Government’s action to drive recovery of our precious native wildlife and plants from the bushfires is at https://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/bushfire-recovery.
12 May 2020