The South West of Western Australia is home to a wide range of native fauna, including species which are listed as threatened or endangered under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). These include high profile species such as the western ringtail possum (Pseudocheirus occidentalis), woylie (Bettongia penicillata ogilbyi) and numbat (Myrmecobius fasciatus), the animal emblem of Western Australia. Perhaps less well known, but equally significant are two species of endangered frog (Geocrinia alba and G. vitellina) as well as several threatened crustacean species (including the hairy marron, Cherax tenuimanus).
The South West Catchments Council’s Iconic Species project implements conservation actions for threatened fauna species across the SWCC region. Guided by Species Recovery Plans and expert advice, SWCC and its stakeholders are delivering collaborative projects which contribute significantly towards the ongoing survival of threatened species into the future.
SWCC’s Iconic Species project builds on partnerships between agencies, landholders, farmers, traditional owners and the community to deliver priority actions on both public and private land. Through the development of communication tools, workshops, seminars and involvement in on-ground activities, this project also aims to improve awareness, appreciation and understanding within the community about the south-west’s threatened species and the conservation works underway to conserve them.
For more information on the project, please contact Anna John, Biodiversity Project Manager on 9781 3106.