THREATENED SPECIES GET A LITTLE HELP

A new crowdfunding initiative to support threatened species survival in Victoria will enable local residents to personally get behind flora and fauna projects they are passionate about including the Winton Wetlands ‘Save our Sea-Eagles’ project, Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, announced today.

Ms Symes said a range of community citizen science and restoration projects have been funded throughout Victoria including, habitat surveys of Striped Legless Lizard in the northeast of Victoria; and weed removal and planting of new habitat for Bibron’s Toadlet at Castlemaine, for Long-nosed Potoroo in the Otways and for Dwarf Galaxias in Watson’s Creek, north of Melbourne.

Ms Symes said the Winton Wetlands ‘Save our Sea-Eagles’ project has been launched online at http://www.pozible.com/project/202356 with a crowdfunding campaigns that anyone can contribute money to, in a first for the Andrews Labor Government.

“The Winton Wetlands aims to permanently conserve the White-bellied Sea Eagle sites by restricting access within 1km of the nest as well as exploring other protection measures to support the successful breeding of the species,” Ms Symes said.

Campaigns that reach their target funds will receive a matched grant from the Victorian Government to support their conservation efforts.

The Labor Government is partnering with Pozible, Australia’s foremost crowdfunding platform to promote the threatened species conservation campaigns.

“I’m very excited that Winton Wetlands near my home town of Benalla is launching this crowdfunding campaign,” Ms Symes said.

“This is a very exciting initiative, one that the local community can really get behind.

“I encourage anyone, anywhere, who is passionate about conservation and helping save our species, to get behind the Winton Wetlands campaign.”

The grants are part of the Government’s $5.2 million Threatened Species Protection Initiative which includes $2 million to support community projects to undertake immediate action for threatened species through activities such as habitat creation, restoration and site protection.

A second round of community grants will be available in early 2016 to continue support for the community’s valuable work in protecting threatened species.

A further $3 million of threatened species protection works will be delivered by Government and partner organisations through the Initiative’s Critical Action and Strategic Partnerships grants.