A project to restore habitat for a threatened bird species in the Border Ranges area has been funded to the tune of $125,000 by the federal government.
The Nature Conservation Council (NCC) of NSW will receive the funds in the latest round of Caring for our Country funding for restoration of habitat for the threatened northern population of the Eastern Bristlebird in the Border Ranges, north of Kyogle.
Page MP Janelle Saffin welcomed the government support, saying there were fewer than 50 Eastern Bristlebirds left in the wild, listed as threatened species in NSW and as an endangered species nationally.
Ms Saffin said the NCC was part of the Northern Rivers Fire and Biodiversity Consortium, ‘which is working on several projects to protect our biodiversity and restore habitat’.
‘Consortium members including the Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority and the National Parks and Wildlife Service have been working for more than five years to save the northern population of the Eastern Bristlebird from extinction.
‘I am pleased that this project has been successful in securing Caring for our Country funding to continue this work in restoring the habitat of the bird dubbed “the little Aussie battler”.
‘The project covers an area at the top of O’Grady’s creek and includes about 20 properties in the Border Ranges.’
Under the Caring for our Country 2012-13 business plan, 66 new projects across the nation will be granted funding of $12.5 million to protect Australia’s natural environment and safeguard its iconic natural places and species.
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