Regent Honeyeater project sweetened with $88,000 grant
Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan has welcomed the announcement that a project to protect Regent Honeyeaters in Indi will receive funding from the Commonwealth Threatened Species Recovery Fund.
Birdlife Australia has received $88,000 for projects in Lurg and Chiltern will towards habitat regeneration and a small trial control of their main competitor the Noisy Miner. In an Australian first, satellite tracking will also be fitted to five birds as part of the broader project.
“Congratulations to Birdlife Australia and the thousands of volunteers across Indi who work enthusiastically to protect this beautiful endangered bird,” Ms McGowan said.
Ms McGowan commended the commitment of local communities which have worked for more than twenty years to restore the birds’ habitat.
“One of the keys to the project’s success is I believe its effective engagement with the farming community and students,” Ms McGowan said.
The projects in Lurg and Chiltern will bring together community volunteers, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Trust for Nature, North East Water and the North East CMA to increase the amount of habitat available. As few as 500 birds remain.
Birdlife Australia expects to have restored, revegetated or fenced 40 hectares of habitat and controlled competition with Noisy Miners over at least 500 hectares around Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park by June 2019.