As part of a vulnerable species funding package, the Queensland government will invest more than $24 million on protecting koala populations and habitats in the state’s south-east.
On Sunday, the nearly $40 million in financing was announced, coinciding with World Environment Day. Queensland’s environment minister, Meaghan Scanlon, said bilbies and green turtles were examples of “excellent conservation success stories” in the state.
“Queensland is one of the world’s most biodiverse regions. As a result, it’s critical that we safeguard those endangered species,” she stated.
“This grant will enable us to perform a lot of work for our beloved koala population, as well as some really essential work for threatened species.”
The funding also includes $14.7 million for threatened native species recovery strategies as well as Indigenous land and marine rangers.
Lead Image: The announcement of more than $24m for the protection of koalas was part of a $40m package which included recovery plans for other native species. Photograph: Weili Li/Getty Images.
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