South Coast NRM secures funding for shrublands

Photo: Supplied.
Photo: Supplied.

South Coast Natural Resources Management has secured federal government funding for the next four years to protect threatened ecological communities across the state's south-coast.

The Proteacea Dominated Kwongkan Shrublands cover more than 11,500 square kilometres, from the Stirling Ranges to the Esperance sandplains, and are dominated by Banksia plants and several other plant species only found on the south coast of WA.

The area is also home to several species, including the Carnaby's black cockatoo, the honey possum, western quoll and the critically endangered Western Ground Parrot.

In order to protect the habitat and ensure food for these animals, a number of community groups and organisations have partnered with South Coast NRM to protect the area and increase awareness around land manager's obligations to protect it.

The project, supported through the federal government's National Landcare Program, will see the Fitzgerald Biosphere Group, Ravensthorpe Agricultural Initiative Network, Esperance Tjaltjraak Native Title Aboriginal Corporation, Oyster Harbour Catchment Group, Water Corporation and local farmers provide on-ground assistance.

South Coast NRM Healthy Environments Program manager Brett Dal Pozzo said the organisation looked forward to working with the project's partners to ensure the best outcomes for the biodiverse landscape.

"This is an exciting project for our region, protecting and enhancing a habitat that helps define the physical character of our unique and biodiverse landscape," Mr Dal Pozzo said.

"We look forward to working with our project partners and community to get the best outcomes over the next four years."

According to South Coast NRM, the greatest threats to the ecological community are land management practices, dieback, altered fire regimes, invasive species and climate change.