Morrison pledges $50m to save wildlife, will come from existing bushfire fund

With as many as thirteen species facing extinction, the Morrison government has promised $50m from their existing bushfire recovery fund.

 

 

As The Guardian has reported this morning, the Morrison government is willing to spend $50m to assist species impacted by the bushfire crisis. The money will come from the $2b bushfire recovery fund, in an effort to rebuild habitats lost.

According to some conservation groups, as many as 13 species are teetering on the brink of extinction. Five groups wrote to Minister of the Environment Sussan Ley on Sunday, urging an expansion of the current legislation protecting our environment, and the coordination of a national response.

 

The plan will also purportedly include roundtable discussions, asking scientists, farmers, environmental groups as well as members of the government and ‘industry’ to develop plans for wildlife recovery in the summers to come.

 

The letter recommends the establishment of an emergency wildlife recovery plan, one that would see scientists and conservationists sent into the field to ascertain the species that need the most immediate help.

The government told Adam Morton of The Guardian that “the focus of the federal government’s pledge would be caring for and rehabilitating injured wildlife, securing species of threatened populations, controlling predators and other pests that are a major threat to vulnerable species after fires, and scientifically mapping the damage.”

The money will also come with furniture, as the plan will also purportedly include roundtable discussions, asking scientists, farmers, environmental groups as well as members of the government and ‘industry’ to develop plans for wildlife recovery in the summers to come.

Yesterday, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg described the $50m as an “initial investment” in wildlife protection and restoration, believing it to be “a critical step in creating a viable future for animals that had survived.”

 

 

 

 

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