Member for Durack and Minister for the Environment Melissa Price said the Coalition’s investment would support Indigenous rangers and other non-government organisations to stop the flow of cane toads in the Kimberley.
“The invasion of cane toads through the Kimberley is killing thousands of apex predators,” Minister Price said.
“This investment will allow landholders and Indigenous groups across the Kimberley to identify areas of highest biodiversity ahead of the invasion.
“This will support the creation pockets of surviving predator populations, including the Northern Quolls, Plain Death Adders, and Yellow-spotted Goannas.”
The funding will be provided through a series of competitive grants from the Federal Government’s $100 million Environment Restoration Fund announced in the 2019-20 Budget.
Minister Price said the Environment Restoration Fund would have three key priority areas: protecting threatened and migratory species and their habitats; improving Australia’s coasts, oceans and waterways; and increasing recycling of waste.
The Environment Restoration Fund builds on our $1 billion investment through the National Landcare Program and complements the Communities Environment Program.
The 2019-20 Budget includes a $3.8 billion investment in a better environment, including a $3.5 billion Climate Solutions Package.