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Feral cats given notice in Otways

JMR with Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley MP  Member for Wannon Dan Tehan

The deployment of detection dogs to sniff out feral cats is just one of 10 successful projects under a $6 million Morrison Government investment to support Victoria’s unique Wild Otways environment and coastal communities.

Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley visited Surf Coast today to announce an array of projects that will receive funding under the $140,000 program, supporting coastal environments along the Great Ocean Road.

“The Otways are unfortunately falling victim to a large feral cat population preying on the native animals that call the area home,” Minister Ley said.

“One of the successful projects is utilising feral cat detection dogs to help researchers gather information across the Otways.

“The outcomes of their research will be used to inform future management strategies for land managers.

“The successful projects we are announcing today reflect the Morrison Government’s commitment to supporting communities and most importantly, practical environmental action.”

“This latest round of funding affirms the Morrison Government’s commitment to supporting communities and taking practical environmental action.”

Member for Wannon Dan Tehan welcomed the announcement.

“Communities around the Otways are passionate about their environment and want to do everything they can to ensure it is protected,” Mr Tehan said.

“I am delighted to see the continuation of projects to restore wetland, creek and stream-side habitats and the management of invasive weeds and pests.

“These initiatives are helping species like the Grey Goshawk and Masked Owl, long-nosed potoroos and the platypus as well as plants like native orchids, return to the region and thrive.”

Senator for Victoria Sarah Henderson said that the significant investment from the Australian Government highlights the importance of conserving our local environment.

“This funding supports the community to undertake on-ground environmental works and increase environmental awareness,” Senator Henderson said.

“Projects will see actions such as the restoration of wetland, creek and stream-side habitats, the management of invasive weeds and pests, local stock exclusion fencing, and re-vegetation through native tube-stock and seedlings in certain areas.”

The $6 million Wild Otways Initiative is being funded through the Australian Government’s $100 million Environment Restoration Fund and managed by the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority.

A full list of the projects can be found here:

21 February 2022

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