The Morrison Government’s strategy to improve the trajectory of priority species and places has today moved to the public consultation phase – giving the community the opportunity to comment and help shape the first five-year Action Plan.
Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley said the five-year Action Plan will underpin and guide the practical action on the ground for the Government’s recently announced 10-year Threatened Species Strategy.
“We are currently seeking views from the public on the first five-year Action Plan which will support the Strategy and is expected to identify 100 priority species and up to 20 places with specific targets to focus recovery actions to 2026,” Minister Ley said.
“The focus of the new Threatened Species Strategy is to make Australia’s native species more resilient, promote their recovery from natural disasters and the impacts of a changing climate, and to address the very real threat posed by feral animals and invasive weeds.
“Feedback from the community is vital for informing our understanding of the issues facing some of our most unique wildlife and places, and in focussing our actions to better support them.
“The public consultation phase will run alongside our targeted stakeholder consultations which includes scientists, land managers, Traditional Owners, local and state governments, communities and environmental groups, before we finalise this Action Plan later this year.
“Members of the public will have the opportunity to have their say on the proposed actions and make suggestions to help measure progress. They will also have the chance to comment on priority species and places the Action Plan should focus on.”
Since 2014, the Australian Government has mobilised more than $560 million for projects supporting outcomes for threatened species and threatened ecological communities.