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Justin Mallee and Di Brown from the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage with Dr Tony Parkes from Big Scrub Landcare. Photo supplied.

Under the NSW Government’s Saving our Species Conservation Co-Funding Scheme, Big Scrub Landcare have been awarded $290,400 for a project to conserve and facilitate the recovery of critically endangered lowland subtropical rainforest and its many landscape-managed threatened species. 

Big Scrub Landcare and its sister organisation the Big Scrub Foundation are providing another $264,000 in cash co-funding, resulting in $554,400 being available for this vitally important conservation work over the next four years.

This landscape-scale project will continue Big Scrub Landcare’s long-term program to restore lowland subtropical rainforest that is listed as critically endangered under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. Forty-five flora species and thirty-four fauna species that occur in lowland subtropical rainforest are listed as threatened under the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016

Big Scrub Landcare President Dr Tony Parkes says that Big Scrub Landcare is delighted to be partnering with the Saving our Species program for this project. ‘The Big Scrub Foundation is providing most of Big Scrub Landcare’s contribution to $264,000 to the project,’ he said.

‘This is a great project because it will provide continuity of funding over four years that will enable Big Scrub Landcare to continue to progress its vitally important work in rehabilitating and providing ongoing care of the remnants of critically endangered rainforest in the Big Scrub, which will enhance the habitat of the many threatened species in the remnants.’

For more info about this project email [email protected] or visit www.bigscrubrainforest.org.

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