Marino protecting our Cockatoos

Member for Forrest Nola Marino congratulates the Blackwood Basin Group for securing a grant through the Turnbull Government’s 20 Million Trees program.

Mrs Marino said the grant will transform low economic value farmland in Balingup into conservation value habitat for native plants and animals.

“This will protect the endangered Carnaby’s Cockatoo, and the vulnerable Baudin’s and Forrest Red-Tailed Black Cockatoos,” Mrs Marino said.

“The area is also known to be habitat for the vulnerable Chudich, Numbat and Western Ringtail Possum. A total area of 13.11 ha will be protected by installing 422m of fencing, converting an existing dam into a wetland, and planting 8,450 native seedlings.

“The creation of a wetland may also have the added benefit of encouraging waterbirds, such as the critically endangered Australasian Bittern, and the state priority listed Little Bittern and Black Bittern.”

Mrs Marino said Blackwood Basin Group has received over $34,000 to the Caring for Our Cockys project.

The project is part of the Liberal-led Government’s commitment to plant 20 million trees across Australia by 2020.