No money for Ulysses

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

FUND­ING for Ulysses but­ter­flies has been de­nied.

The Aus­tralian But­ter­fly Sanc­tu­ary has been seek­ing fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance from the gov­ern­ment to re­search why pop­u­la­tions are de­clin­ing in cap­tiv­ity and in the wild.

“There is presently no fund­ing avail­able from the depart­ment for which, on ini­tial re­view, your pro­posed re­search project would be con­sid­ered el­i­gi­ble,” said DEHP di­rec­tor­gen­eral Jim Reeves in a let­ter to the sanc­tu­ary.

CaPTA Group chair­man Charles Wood­ward said the gov­ern­ment’s re­sponse was dis­ap­point­ing, con­sid­er­ing cur­rent re­search and me­dia sur­round­ing other species in the area and their con­tin­ued sur­vival.

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