Kevin Humphries

THE BILBIES ARE BACK

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

For the first time in more than a century, bilbies are running wild in a NSW national park.

Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries is pleased to announce the successful reintroduction of Bilbies into the magnificent Pilliga forests in the Barwon electorate.

Kevin Humphries said “30 of the small marsupials have been released in a 32 km specially fenced, predator-free section, encompassing 5,800 hectares of Pilliga State Conservation area, near Narrabri.

“To have them back in our national parks is a magnificent sight to see and a clear innovative step by this government, towards securing populations of threatened species.

Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton said “The bilbies are the first of 13 regionally extinct mammals that will be returned to the wild in a ten-year NSW Government Saving Our Species project,” Ms Upton said.

“The return of the bilby is internationally significant: this is a major victory in the campaign to save our species from extinction,” she said.

“Bilbies are an iconic Australian native animal and with their long ears, have become our own beloved symbol of Easter.

“They disappeared in the wild in NSW in around 1910 as a result of introduced predators including foxes and cats.

“The bilbies are just the first of the mammal species to be reintroduced to select national parks in Western NSW under the $42.1 million project, with bridled nail-tail wallabies, brush-tailed bettongs and numbats among the species to follow.

The Pilliga project is being carried out by NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service in a partnership with the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC).

AWC Acting Chief Executive Tim Allard said the return of the bilby to the Pilliga is a spectacular outcome not just for the bilby, but also for conservation within Australia.

“Within a short space of time, AWC’s Ecologists and Land Managers constructed the 32km fence, eradicated feral predators, which also provides a secure environment for species such as the Pilliga mouse and many bird species.

“The aim is that the Pilliga will return to what it was like before feral predators took their toll.

This project is a fantastic example of what can be achieved by Government and Not-for-Profits working in partnership and is an example of AWCs model in action – innovative land management informed by good science,” Mr Allard said.

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