Australia's Macquarie Island gets more funding to eradicate its alien mammals in 2010

The Australian Federal Government will invest over AU$38 million in the conservation and preservation of Australia's unique World Heritage places through the Caring for our Country programme.  A share of this sum will be spent on sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island, home to a number of ACAP-listed species.

AU$7.4 million of the allocation will be invested over the next four years to eradicate the rabbit and rodent populations that are currently threatening the island's fragile sub-Antarctic environment.  The project is jointly funded by the Tasmanian and Australian Governments.  It will help restore the fragile natural beauty of the island and provide long term protection for its wildlife and vegetation.

Search this web site using the key word "Macquarie" to find out details of the eradication plan and the project's newsletter.

A further sum of AU$ 13.6 million goes to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, which includes two of the only three breeding sites of the Shy Albatross Thalassarche cauta.

Click here for the funding announcement by The Hon Peter Garrett AM MP, Australian Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts.

John Cooper, ACAP Information Officer, 21 November 2009


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