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$3 million to protect the Black Cockatoo

Federal Member for Durack and Minister for the Environment Melissa Price said a re-elected Morrison Government will deliver up to $3 million to protect the Black Cockatoo in Western Australia.

Ms Price said the Coalition’s investment would support farmers to improve property management planning, protect native vegetation and encourage revegetation, provide covenanting assistance, and deliver new nesting tubes and boxes for the Carnaby’s and Baudin Black cockatoos.

“This is a fantastic investment that will help farmers improve the health of their land, protecting the habitat for Black Cockatoos,” Minister Price said.

The Government will work through Regional Land Partnerships Service Providers to deliver the funding, including the Wheatbelt NRM, South West NRM, Peel Harvey Catchment Council & South Coast NRM (partnering with Birds Australia).

Minister Price said the funding will be provided through the $100 million Environment Restoration Fund announced in the 2019-20 Budget. The

Fund has three key priority areas: protecting threatened and migratory species and their habitats; improving Australia’s coasts, oceans and waterways; and increasing recycling of waste.

“This fund will invest in protecting threatened and migratory species and their habitats, making a difference to save species from extinction by restoring habitat, reducing threats like feral species, supporting captive-breeding programs, and creating safe havens for species at risk,” Minister Price said.

“In addition to the investment in supporting Black Cockatoos, we will also make targeted investments through the fund in recovering some of the other of our most at-risk species.”

The Environment Restoration Fund builds on the Coalition’s $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.

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