Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke today announced that almost $400,000 would go towards a regionally-based conservation project to help save the threatened Superb Parrot through the Saving our Species NSW Government program.

Ms Cooke said she was delighted that the NSW Government had been able to provide funds for the Saving Our Superb Parrot project, taking place on sites within the Lachlan catchment, including Boorowa, Cowra and Young.

“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,” she said.

“The project will protect and restore Superb Parrot habitat on private land, national parks and reserves by protecting and re-planting paddock trees and improving habitat quality with shrub species including wattles that provide important food resources for this beautiful green parrot.”

Seven partner organisations including five Landcare groups, Cowra Woodland Birds Group, Greening Australian and National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be working on the Saving our Superb Parrot project.

NSW Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton said this is one of 16 projects across regional NSW that will share in $4 million of funding over four years to help the conservation of 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,” said Ms Upton.

The NSW Government has invested $100 million over five years in the Saving Our Species program which aims to secure as many threatened species as possible in the wild for the next 100 years.

To find out more about the Superb Parrot visit:

http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/threatenedspeciesapp/profile.aspx?id=10645