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Planning projects to protect the malleefowl in the Riverina

Riverina Local Land Services has a clear vision on how to protect the future and survival of the nationally threatened malleefowl.

A recent planning session for the development of upcoming projects and funding opportunities, highlighted the current work being undertaken and goals for the future

West Wyalong based, Land Services Officer, David Kellett said the meeting of minds involved experts in the field of malleefowl protection.

“The meeting has been a pivoting point for the malleefowl project being undertaken in the Riverina and highlighted a new and exciting direction that will be undertaken,” he said.

“With validation from wildlife ecologist, Dr Joe Benshemesh, who has been involved with the project for the past three years, there is no reason why we can’t keep the malleefowl surviving in isolated areas via programs and incentives.

“We’ve been working with landholders to take positive actions to protect, restore and establish malleefowl habitat across the region, including pest animal management and monitoring incentives.”

Mr Kellett said the Riverina Malleefowl Project started in 2014 and through community awareness programs, there had been increased land manager participation in the protection of the threatened species.

“We’re implementing trial monitoring systems with increased use of remote cameras and GPS tracking to maximising fox control around active mounds and building on projects with land managers,” he said.

“We received some sound advice at the planning meeting and how to take the project into the future to ensure the survival of the malleefowl.”

National Malleefowl Recovery Team’s Dr Joe Benshemesh said it was great to see the work being undertaken by Riverina Local Land Services for the conservation of the malleefowl and hoped other areas and groups would become involved in recovery programs.

This project is supported by Riverina Local Land Services through funding from the National Landcare Program and Catchment Action NSW in partnership the National Malleefowl Recovery Team, Office of Environment and Heritage, Lake Cowal Foundation, Bland Shire Council and land managers.

Caption: Meeting participants discussing future projects.

Media Contact: Tracey Bell, Riverina Local Land Services, Phone: 0428 435 029.