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Fish, frogs, flora and fresh flowing water

Long term funding secured for critical SOS projects

A collaboration between Local Land Services (LLS), the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage (OEH), DPI Fisheries, and Taronga Zoo, has received a $1 million dollar grant from the NSW Environmental Trust to secure the future of 'Fish, Frogs, Flora and Fresh Flowing Water' habitat in central and southern NSW.

The key beneficiaries of the Saving Our Species (SOS) Partnership Grant will be seven threatened species: the Booroolong Frog, the Yellow-spotted Bell Frog, the Tumut Grevillea, the Spotted Tree Frog, the Macquarie Perch, the Southern Pygmy Perch, and the Murray Crayfish.

The SOS Partnership Grant project sites include private property on the Central Tablelands where farmers will also benefit from on ground works to tackle erosion, feral pests and invasive weeds.

Funding for the 'Fish, Frogs, Flora and Fresh Flowing Water' Project will be distributed between the Central Tablelands, Murray, Riverina and South East LLS regions.

On the Central Tablelands projects are already underway to protect and enhance habitat for the Booroolong Frog and the Macquarie Perch at Sewells Creek and the Abercrombie River. 

"The 'Fish, Frogs, Flora and Fresh Flowing Water' project will secure a future for threatened species that rely on riparian environments in the central and south-west slopes region of NSW," said Central Tablelands Senior Land Services Officer, Dr Joanne Lenehan.   

"The Project will protect and enhance more than 170 km of creeks and streams on private property, and will also deliver broader agricultural and environmental benefits such as improved water quality."

"Securing and improving existing habitat for threatened species remains one of the most powerful and cost-effective conservation tools at our disposal, especially where there are multiple threatened species at each site with the same habitat requirements and threats," said NSW Office of Environment and Heritage Senior Threatened Species Officer, David Coote.

The 'Fish, Frogs, Flora and Fresh Flowing Water' project will build on existing partnerships between a range of government organisations (including OEH and DPI Fisheries), Taronga Zoo, and myriad stakeholders such as Landcare and the broader farming community.   

These partnerships have already invested in knowledge acquisition, on-ground threat mitigation, and community engagement at the target sites over the past 15 years.   

The $1 million Environmental Trust grant will be rolled out over 6 years to augment ongoing investment by project partners and will potentially leverage further funding from other sources.

"As part of this SOS Partnership, we are targeting improved riparian management in the agricultural landscape. This will not only improve the current environmental condition of the landscape, but will also mitigate the inevitable ongoing degradation that would occur without intervention," said Central Tablelands LLS General Manager, Peter Sparkes.

"As healthy, intact riparian zones are among the most productive ecosystems, taking a holistic approach to improving their ecology, including the preservation of threatened flora and fauna, will safeguard a range of essential ecosystems services." 

For more information about the Fish, Frogs, Flora and Fresh Flowing Water project contact: Dr Joanne Lenehan: phone: 02 6341 9317 email: joanne.lenehan@lls.nsw.gov.au

Media contact: Kylie Krause | 0439 608370