Feral cat control on Kangaroo Island has been boosted with a Government grant delivered through the National Landcare Program’s Threatened Species Recovery Fund.

Time's up: Feral cat control on KI has been boosted with an Australian Government grant. Photo: Supplied.

Time's up: Feral cat control on KI has been boosted with an Australian Government grant. Photo: Supplied.

Feral cat control on Kangaroo Island has been boosted with a $236,500 Australian Government grant delivered through the National Landcare Program’s Threatened Species Recovery Fund.

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Anne Ruston said the grant was one of 19 delivered by the Turnbull Government in recognition of Threatened Species Day.

“We’ve announced more than $3 million worth of grants for projects with a focus on threatened species,” Minister Ruston said.

“Feral cats are a scourge of Australia’s native animals, and I’m delighted the Kangaroo Island Natural Resources Management Board has received support for its initiative to engage, educate and train the local community in feral cat control as the island gets ready for large-scale eradication.”

The KI Feral Cat Eradication Project (FCEP) is set to eradicate feral cats from KI by 2030.

A proposal for a feral cat-proof fence across the Dudley Peninsula isthmus has been made, which is Phase Two of the three-stage project to eradicate feral cats from KI, and will be in operation from 2018-2021. 

Its intention is to eradicate cats from the Dudley Peninsula, monitor the success of control actions and initiate a gradual phasing out of all cat ownership on KI. 

Minister Ruston said another grant delivered in SA would assist a State-wide project to secure the future of the silver daisy bush.

“Scattered across parts of our State including Kangaroo Island, populations of the iconic silver daisy bush are vulnerable increasing aridity and shifting rainfall patterns,” she said.

“Trees For Life has received $249,780 from the Government to support its efforts to conserve the silver daisy bush, including the establishment of new populations in suitable areas.”

Since the appointment of the Threatened Species Commissioner in 2014, the Coalition Government has invested more than $228 million in more than 1000 projects supporting the recovery of threatened native Australian species.

For more information, visit: nrm.gov.au/national/threatened-species-recovery-fund.

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