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Additional funding to help save the Orange-bellied Parrot

Elise Archer, Minister for Environment

The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to doing what it can to help save the Orange-bellied Parrot.

We are investing $2.5 million in a new captive breeding facility to significantly expand breeding capacity, with the aim of doubling the number of birds available for release to the wild.

Construction of the new facility has started at Five Mile Beach and will be staged to allow an increase to breeding capacity ahead of the breeding season, beginning 1 September 2018.

The balance of the facility will be operational by the end of the breeding season in April 2019.

We are continuing to monitor the population in the wild. During the 2017-18 breeding 19 wild birds returned to Melaleuca.

Twenty-three captive-bred Orange-bellied Parrots were released in the Spring to supplement the wild population.

The Government will continue to do what it can to ensure the ongoing survival of this endangered species.