WA Lotterywest boost for Mt Gibson Endangered Wildlife Restoration Project
March 2014: The WA Minister for Environment Albert Jacob presented Australian Wildlife Conservancy with a Lotterywest Grant for $500,000 today to help establish the largest feral predator-free area on mainland Western Australia. It is the first instalment in a $1m investment by Lotterywest in the Mt Gibson Project.
Within the Mt Gibson feral-free area, AWC will reintroduce nine threatened mammals including Bilbies, Numbats, Woylies and Western Barred Bandicoots. AWC is on track to complete the fencing and feral eradication in time for the first reintroductions to occur in the first half of 2015.
- The construction of a purpose-built 43 kilometre fence at Mt Gibson will establish the largest fox and cat-free area on mainland Western Australia (7,800 hectares).
- AWC will reintroduce nine of Australia’s most endangered mammal species - the Bilby, Numbat, Woylie, Western Barred Bandicoot, Shark Bay Mouse, Red-tailed Phascogale, Greater Stick-nest Rat and Chuditch.
- This single project will help provide a more secure future for 14% (one in seven) of Australia’s 65 nationally threatened mammal species and will increase the global Numbat population by 33%.
Read more about the Mt Gibson Endangered Wildlife Restoration Project.