The NSW Government is partnering with Ballarat-based Federation University to help save four threatened species from extinction, Member for Murray Austin Evans announced today.

“The NSW Government’s Saving our Species Program will provide $200,000 to the University to implement actions to save a threatened lizard, two bird species and a small mammal at five priority sites north of Wentworth in Western NSW,” Mr Evans said.

“This funding will get Federation University researchers out into the field to undertake crucial monitoring of the remaining populations of the Southern Ningaui, Mallee Worm-lizard, Shy Heathwren and White-fronted Chat.

“As the three-year project progresses, researchers will work with landholders to manage key threats to these species’ survival such as grazing pressure, fire management and controlling pest animal predators.

“This is a great example of the Saving our Species program working on the ground with local institutions and local landholders.

“Some of these species are only found in Mallee vegetation and without this dedicated project we may have been the last generation to see them here,” he said.

The NSW Government’s $100 million Saving our Species program aims to maximise the number of threatened species secured in the wild in NSW for 100 years. 

A key component of the program is forming partnerships to deliver cost-effective priority actions for threatened species.

For more information on the Saving our Species program, visit www.environment.nsw.gov.au/sos