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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
    Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection and Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef
    The Honourable Steven Miles

    State Government commits $400,000 to protect elusive Night Parrot

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection and Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef
    The Honourable Steven Miles

    Tuesday, November 24, 2015

    State Government commits $400,000 to protect elusive Night Parrot

    The Queensland Government has committed $400,000 to protect the endangered Night Parrot after a team of scientists recently ‘rediscovered’ the species in remote western Queensland.

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the funding was being offered to help ensure the Night Parrot’s survival in the wild.

    “The rediscovery of the Night Parrot in Queensland is remarkable. For decades it was thought that this bird was extinct.

    “There was an extremely rare live sighting in 1979 at Coopers Creek in South Australia, and dead specimens were found in western Queensland in 1990 and 2006.

    “The Smithsonian Institution has described the Night Parrot as one of the planet’s most elusive birds,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    “The Queensland Government will provide funding to assist Bush Heritage Australia with the management and ongoing protection of the Night Parrot’s habitat.

    “The fact this elusive and iconic species could have existed unseen for so long in the wild highlights what an incredible natural heritage we have in Queensland.

    “This find also reinforces the need to protect our precious wildlife habitat.”

    Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection Dr Steven Miles said the management funding allocation to Bush Heritage would be linked to the land becoming a nature refuge to protect the Night Parrot’s only known habitat.

    This was one of a range of initiatives by the Queensland Government to protect the State’s threatened wildlife.

    “This government aims to grow the State’s protected area estate to 17 per cent by 2035, in line with the International Convention on Biodiversity targets,” Dr Miles said.

    “Currently, around 7.7 per cent of the State is protected area, including private lands protected as nature refuges.”

     “By working with wildlife and environmental organisations like Bush Heritage Australia, landholders and local councils, we can increase the size of protected areas in Queensland.

    “Over four million hectares of private land is now dedicated as nature refuges.”

    Bush Heritage Australia is working with the landowner to purchase a property where the birds are known to live.

    Once purchased, it is anticipated the area will be declared a nature refuge, a form of protected area under the Nature Conservation Act 1992.

    Media contact: Premier’s Office 3719 7000. Minister Miles’ Office 3719 7330