Peel-Harvey: Landowners asked to get behind the Numbat Neighbourhood Project

Peel-Harvey: Landowners asked to get behind the Numbat Neighbourhood Project

LANDOWNERS are asked to get behind the Numbat Neighbourhood Project to protect the native animals for future generations.

Peel-Harvey Catchment Council is encouraging applications for up to $15,000 for activities that remove threats, maintain, protect and/or enhance habitat of the threatened species.

Acting chair Jan Star said numbats were rarer than black rhinos and the community was fortunate to have one of just two existing populations at Dryandra Woodland.

“No-one wants to see this threatened species become extinct and we are able to boost the local population of about 100 now if people act and apply for the Federal funding we have successfully secured,’’ she said.

Activities that remove threats, maintain, protect and enhance the natural habitat – including fences to protect bushland and waterways or link bushland patches, weed control, feral animal control, dieback disease management and restoration activities – are all eligible for funding.

Funding for on-farm projects is open under PHCC’s 2018-19 Community Environmental Grants Program.

Applications close on November 12 and projects must be completed by May 2019.

Landholders should discuss their project ideas and eligibility with PHCC as soon as possible.