Funding safe passages for wallabies

A USQ project aims to create routes of safe passage between colonies for brush-tailed rock wallabies. Picture: PIXABAY

Nine research projects will share in more than $730,000 in funding to enhance the recovery and protection of threatened species including glossy-black cockatoos, seahorses, frogs, brush-tailed rock wallabies, palm cockatoos and the endangered night parrot.

The state funding was announced on Friday 8 March and will support two university projects in the region.

A key focus of these research projects is to identify the main threats being faced by the threatened species and develop actionable ways to mitigate these threats.

The University of Southern Queensland received $100,000 for a project supporting brush-tailed wallabies based in Mount Glen Rock Reserve in Esk, Crows Nest National Park, and the upper Brisbane River catchment.

This project aims to create routes of safe passage between colonies, improving the dispersal of the wallabies and by confirming their presence at multiple sites in the upper Brisbane River catchment.

A Griffith University project based in various national parks in southeast Queensland was granted $99,060 to establish long-term monitoring protocols that provide reliable estimates of the population distribution, habitat utilisation, and trends in SEQ for the endangered glossy-black cockatoo.

Environment Minister Leanne Linard said grants of up to $100,000 were offered to support research projects focused on improving knowledge of Queensland’s threatened flora and fauna species and assisting with their recovery in their natural habitats.

“Queensland is the most bio-diverse state in Australia,” Mrs Linard said.

“But sadly, more than 1000 species are currently listed as threatened under the Queensland Nature Conservation Act.

“By partnering with these organisations, we can tap into their vast research experience to improve our understanding of the threats being faced by our threatened species to ensure they survive for generations to come.”