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Grant to help threatened species in Pinkerton

10 December 2015

A partnership between the Pinkerton Landcare and Environment Group (PLEG) and Western Water to protect vulnerable species in Melton has been boosted by a $12,000 State Government grant.

The Threatened Species Protection Initiative grant, from the Department of Land, Water, Environment and Planning, is for protection of the Diamond Firetail.

PLEG and Western Water joined forces in 2011 to create a habitat corridor between Pinkerton Forest and Melton City Council-owned land at Bush’s Paddock, known as the Pinkerton Link.

The Diamond Firetail, a finch identifiable by its bright red bill and black wings with white spots, is one of several vulnerable species found in the area.

"We have been working with PLEG for many years now on improving habitat on Western Water land at Pinkerton Forest, and now the Pinkerton Link,” Western Water’s General Manager, Customer and Community Relations, Graham Holt, says.

“This area is critical for the protection of local flora and fauna species facing loss of habitat and other threats.”

PLEG’s Daryl Akers says the Pinkerton link is helping solve the problem of habitat fragmentation for species such as the Diamond Firetail.

“This grant will help us to control weeds and pest species, and work on revegetation to provide habitat for this beautiful little bird,” Mr Akers says.

“This work will also benefit other species in the area, such as the Brown Treecreeper, Jacky Winter and Southern Whiteface.”


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