Did you know that 161 animal species are currently classified as endangered? Landcare Australia is helping to ensure iconic Australian animals don’t become extinct.
There is no doubt that Australia is home to some pretty iconic wildlife. Two of the most unique among them is the koala, the teddy bear of Australia, and the emu, Australia’s largest bird. Landcare Australia, an organisation that has committed itself to tackling Australia’s growing list of endangered species, has launched two new volunteer projects in regional NSW dedicated to saving these creatures.
The importance of these projects is highlighted by the destruction and encroachment of native habitats by humans, feral animals and introduced plant species, which has contributed to 161 species becoming classified as endangered. In 2017, $100,000 was awarded to 10 Landcare groups across the country to undertake habitat restoration projects. The funding was made possible via Landcare Australia’s Workplace Giving Program, which partners with 23 businesses across the country, including Telstra, Qantas and Konica Minolta.
The two NSW grants recipients, Port Macquarie Landcare Group and Bungawalbyn Landcare, were each awarded $10,000.
Port Macqaurie Group has undertaken a project to protect Australia’s threatened koalas. The project aims to restore vital habitat across 5.4 hectares of riparian bushland to help koalas live and move safely in suburbia.
Bungawalbyn Landcare will undertake a project to enhance habitat and reduce threats to the endangered North Coast emu population. The program will implement weed control measures, assisted regeneration practices and coordinated feral animal control programs to help improve access trails for emus and reduce threats to young and nesting birds.
Landcare Australia’s Workplace Giving Program is an easy way for employees to contribute to charity and make a positive impact within the community.
For a full list of grant recipients click here.
To find out more about workplace giving visit landcareaustralia.org.au/workplace-giving.