Landowners are asked to get behind the Numbat Neighbourhood Project, to protect these amazing native animals, for future generations.
The Peel Harvey Catchment Council (PHCC) is encouraging applications for up to $15,000 for activities that remove threats, maintain, protect and/or enhance habitat of the threatened species.
PHCC Acting Chairperson, Jan Star AM, said Numbats were ‘rarer than black rhinos’ and the community was fortunate to have one of just two existing wild populations at Dryandra Woodland, just an hours’ drive from Mandurah.
“No-one wants to see this threatened species become extinct and we are able to boost this local population of about 100 now if people act and apply for the federal funding we have successfully secured.”
Activities that remove threats, maintain, protect and enhance the natural habitat – such as fencing to protect bushland and waterways or link bushland patches, weed control, feral animal control, dieback disease management and restoration activities – are all eligible for funding under the Neighbourhood Numbat Project.
Jan Star acknowledged the effort to date by the Hotham-Williams community, including landholders, community groups and Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) in feral animal control, monitoring of threatened species and protecting and enhancing critical vegetation. Perth Zoo are doing a great job in breeding numbats for translocation into Dryandra.
“The Numbat Neighbourhood project will support conservation activities within Dryandra Woodland through a partnership with DBCA. It allows PHCC to expand our current Farmers for Fauna Project which provides support for landholders to safely and successfully control feral cats, foxes and other feral animals which pose the biggest menace to our threatened species.”
Funding for on-farm projects is now open under the PHCC’s 2018-19 Community Environmental Grants Program. Applications close on the 12th November 2018 and projects need to be completed by May 2019. Landholders are encouraged to discuss their project idea and eligibility with PHCC as soon as possible. The Hotham-Williams community can phone 0455 166 780 or email email@example.com.
The Numbat Neighbourhood Project is supported by the Peel-Harvey Catchment Council through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.
Media Contact: Jane O’Malley, Chief Executive Officer, Peel-Harvey Catchment Council, Jane.Omalley@peel-harvey.org.au, (08) 6369 8800