Saving Our Superb Parrot project in Southern Tablelands receives financial boost

The Saving Our Superb Parrot project has received a financial boost thanks to nearly $400,000 from the State Government’s Saving our Species NSW program.

The funding, announced by Goulburn member Pru Goward on June 12, will be distributed to eight project partners, including five Landcare groups in the Southern Tablelands and South West Slopes.

Mary Bonet, Goulburn and Yass Landcare coordinator, welcomed the news.

Speaking on behalf of LachLandcare – a consortium of the five Landcare groups – Ms Bonet said they were delighted to partner with Cowra Woodland Birds and Greening Australia on protecting the iconic bird.

“The Landcare groups will deliver funding to landholders within the Yass, Upper Lachlan, Boorowa, Young and Grenfell regions,” she said.

These efforts will not only help protect the Superb Parrot...they will also help a range of other threatened woodland birds that call the grassy box woodlands home.

Mary Bonet, Goulburn and Yass Landcare coordinator

Ms Bonet said the funding would “protect both living and dead large hollow-bearing eucalypt trees that provide potential nest sites for superb parrots as they arrive in the Southern Tablelands area in spring and summer to breed in the grassy box woodlands”.

“There will also be funding for re-planting paddock trees and to restore woodland habitat on their properties to increase future habitat and landscape habitat connectivity,” she said.

“These efforts will not only help protect the Superb Parrot of which there is estimated to be fewer than 8000 in the wild, they will also help a range of other threatened woodland birds that call the grassy box woodlands home.”

Information days and other awareness-raising events will take place in the coming months.

Ms Goward said the project would protect and restore Superb Parrot habitat on private land, national parks and reserves.

This would be done “by protecting and replanting paddock trees and improving habitat quality with shrub species, including wattles that provide important food resources for this beautiful green parrot”.

“I’m pleased to be delivering such good news about this new project, which aims to deliver on-ground recovery actions to our region, where the conservation of the Superb Parrot has been the focus of many landholders and other community members for several decades,” Ms Goward said.

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NSW Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton said this was one of 16 projects across regional NSW that will share in $4 million of funding during four years to help conserve 30 plant and animal species, including threatened ecological communities (TECs).

“The investment will go towards localised site-based actions for these landscape-managed species, including work to restore and rehabilitate habitat, establish reserves and limit risks to the species through pest and fire management,” Ms Upton said.

Investment in these regional conservation projects will support the survival of a broad range of threatened plants and animals including the Superb Parrot, rare and endangered heathland, eucalypt forests and habitat for waders.

Each of the 16 projects will be delivered by the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), in partnership with local communities.

More about the Superb Parrot at the OEH website.

Landholders who are interested in getting involved should contact their local Landcare coordinator.

  • For Yass Valley, please contact Mary Bonet: goulburnyass@lachlandcare.org.au.

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