10 May 2023

Funding to protect Cape York's native species

| Matt Nicholls
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THE northern quoll and golden-shouldered parrot will benefit from $383,619 in funding across two projects.

Far North Queensland NRM, in partnership with Australian Wildlife Conservancy and the Western Yalanjo Aboriginal Corporation, will receive $247,560, towards further protecting the northern quoll.

Artemis Nature Fund will receive $136,055 towards a project that will reverse woodland thickening to help the golden-shouldered parrots.

Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch welcomed the project funding, saying that the money would be well spent.

“Far North Queensland NRM will install, and monitor clusters of artificial dens close to known populations of the northern quoll,” the MP said.

“They will also promote fine-scale cultural and ecological mosaic burns to benefit quolls, supporting preferred habitat and their natural expansion as well as linking into genetic research to inform suitability of future management actions for reconnecting isolated populations.

“The Artemis Nature Fund project will include the restoration of habitat for golden-shouldered parrots in Cape York by removing woody weeds, with the support of Traditional Owners.

“It will also include the monitoring of the parrots, their predators and the vegetation before and after the weed removal will allow effectiveness to be measured.”

Environment Minister Sussan Ley said conservation and restoration projects had been allocated a share of $12 million funding.

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