BILBIES RETURN HOME
Predator proof fence complete
AROUND 20 bilbies will soon be hopping into their new home in Currawinya National Park now that the predator exclusion fence upgrade has been completed.
As part of National Bilby Day on Sunday, Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch congratulated staff from the Department of Environment and Save the Bilby Fund, who had worked hard on improving the enclosure.
“The 2011 and 2012 Queensland floods affected many areas of our state and unfortunately caused serious damage to the 25-square-kilometre bilby enclosure, allowing predatory animals to get in,” Ms Enoch said.
“Essential repair work was carried out at the time, but we needed a long-term solution to prevent further incursions by feral cats.
“The efforts of the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service Rangers and Save the Bilby Fund have managed to create a cat-free environment for the bilbies once more.”
An ongoing feral animal control program will also assist in protecting bilbies into the future.
While the restoration and repair work took place, Save the Bilby Fund, along with Dreamworld animal carers, had both been preparing bilbies for release.
Save the Bilby Fund CEO Kevin Bradley thanked the Department of Environment and Science for its ongoing support to save the iconic Australian species from extinction.
“It is encouraging from our perspective that we have been able to work so well with the Queensland Government and Dreamworld to rebuild and upgrade the Currawinya bilby enclosure in the face of adversity,” Mr Bradley said.
“This is a positive step in the right direction as part of the ongoing project – in partnership with the state government – to make sure bilbies are still around in their natural habitat for generations to come.”
Ms Enoch also paid tribute to Peter McRae.
“Peter worked with the Department of Environment and Science for 34 years and was instrumental in the conservation of threatened species in Queensland and the greater bilby in particular,” Ms Enoch said.
“His contribution to our current knowledge of the ecology of the outback was tremendous and I know he will be greatly missed.”
NEW NEIGHBOURS: 20 greater bilbies will soon move into their new home at Currawinya National Park.