Page 831 - Week 03 - Wednesday, 29 March 2023

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Over the last year alone, over 700 new rare and threatened flora and fauna records were added to the platform;

(g) working with volunteers and researchers to collaboratively monitor and treat wombat mange, helping support populations of a common but well-loved species in the ACT;

(h) partnering with the Australian National University Difficult Bird Research Group to better understand the genetic diversity and effective population size of Gang-gang Cockatoos to protect Canberra’s beloved bird emblem;

(i) in partnership with CSIRO, leading the nation in integrating GonaCon fertility control into the ACT’s macropod management program to ensure the ACT continues best practice in wildlife management; and

(j) partnering with the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program to support the establishment of the new section of Mulligans Flat Wildlife Sanctuary at Goorooyarroo Nature Reserve. The funding has assisted with community engagement activities, removal of pests from the new sanctuary and the future release of Eastern Bettongs and Eastern Quoll; and

(3) calls on the ACT Government to:

(a) commit to and invest in strong partnerships for wildlife conservation in the ACT; and

(b) protect and enhance biodiversity and habitat across the ACT to ensure the ACT is a haven for both diverse and threatened wildlife, and that our beloved common species stay common.

I stand to move this executive motion regarding the importance of World Wildlife Day, celebrated three weeks ago, on 3 March. This year’s theme was “partnerships for wildlife conservation” which, to me, speaks to the opportunities that go beyond the vital task of protecting wildlife—things like creating stronger communities and personal connections, and promoting human wellbeing within our ecosystems.

First Nations knowledge tells us: if we look after country, it will look after us. More and more evidence is building—scientifically, socially and economically—that, when we connect nature and people, both benefit.

Collaboration and cooperation to protect and restore our environment and the wildlife we love and depend on have become more important than ever before. No individual or organisation can accomplish everything alone, and that is particularly true of the collective effort it will take to ensure that we have a healthy planet.

World Wildlife Day serves as a reminder that it is our responsibility to protect wildlife and their habitats. As human beings, we need to realise that the natural world is not just a pretty backdrop to our lives. It is vital to our survival.

Wildlife plays an essential role in maintaining the delicate balance of ecosystems. Creatures of all kinds help to pollinate plants, control pests, clean our water, provide healthy soil and maintain biodiversity. Unfortunately, many species of wildlife are currently facing threats, such as habitat destruction and climate change, and that includes here in the ACT.

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