• Venessa Merrin

Bushfire Update

AWC Chief Executive, Tim Allard, is at Parliament House today participating in the Environment Minister’s bushfire response roundtable which is thrashing out emergency interventions to effectively protect and restore wildlife impacted by the recent catastrophic bushfires.

AWC is part of a panel alongside experts including Dr John Woinarski, CSIRO, the Academy of Science, the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, TNC, Greening Australia, Conservation volunteers, Taronga Zoo, Zoos South Australia, Zoos Victoria and others that are providing advice to the Government.

AWC protects (alone or in partnership) 6.5 million hectares of exceptional conservation land – home to some of Australia’s most threatened species, like the Bilby, the Numbat and the Gouldian Finch. AWC’s sanctuaries have not been impacted by the recent bushfires and continue to play a vital role in protecting endangered wildlife populations.

The Australian Federal Government this week announced an initial $50 million investment to protect and restore wildlife and habitats that have been devastated by the bushfires. This is a crucially important step towards an on-going, collaborative commitment to secure the future of Australia’s biodiversity. You can read the Australian Federal Government’s official January 13 2020 press release here: Federal Government Announces $50 Million for Emergency Wildlife and Habitat Recovery.

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