News

Our rarer species need help right now

Save the Bilby Fund co-founder Frank Manthey, pictured with Lester the bilby, has addressed a senate inquiry.
Save the Bilby Fund co-founder Frank Manthey, pictured with Lester the bilby, has addressed a senate inquiry. Rob Williams

SAVE The Bilby Fund co-founder Frank Manthey has appeared before a senate inquiry in Brisbane to give his thoughts on the protection of threatened Australian species.

Mr Manthey's submission to the inquiry, on behalf of the bilby fund, was among more than 170 from different organisations and individuals.

"The senate inquiry is being held to look at the impact of feral animals and what they are doing to our native species," he said.

"I talked about the disaster we have created in this great country and how, if we continue to sit back and do nothing, the next generation will never get the chance to see and enjoy what we all have taken for granted."

Mr Manthey called on the inquiry to regularly review submissions, and any recommendations it makes, to effectively monitor progress or the lack of it.

Among the threats to endangered species, he listed the increasing human population, climate change, vegetation clearing, weeds, reduced water quality and introduced predators.

"There are dishearteningly few examples of threats to an existing threatened species being mitigated to the extent that they no longer have a negative impact on that species," Mr Manthey said.

"In fact the only example I can describe is that of removing the harvest pressure on crocodiles and the associated population recovery that has occurred.

"All forms of governments over many years have needed to do more to address the feral animal explosion across Australia.

"However, this is an example where the problem is seen as so big and intractable that professionals have given up on the idea and now perceive those species impacted by cats, foxes and feral dogs as 'unrecoverable'. The lack of policy traction on the matter of feral cats is most particularly offensive as there are solutions that could be trialled."

Topics:  animals, bilbies, conservation




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Salvos deal with family pain in wake of suicide

Domestic violence spiked in Logan over the Christmas and New Year break.Photo illustration Claudia Baxter JA1310BZZ

Captain Jo Chant has witnessed the devastating affects of suicide.

Track trio involved in major injury scares

Denis Smith

Latest race falls at Albion Park

Latest deals and offers

Armed Robbery North Booval

Jarrad Alexander Stanton Deane, 29, was jailed for seven years for more than 40...

Fatality Free Friday urges motorists to take the pledge

A 31-year-old man is due to front court in custody today charged with stealing five motorbikes from various locations in the past few months.

As part of Fatality Free Friday today, police are pleading with motorists to take...

Barnaby Joyce talks Johnny Depp's dogs in Tweed

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce talks about Johnny Depp's dogs Pistol and Boo...

Own Sunshine Coast property? You’re about to make money

UP AND UP: Property owners are likely to win from rent and price increases but tenants and first home buyers might not be so happy. Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily

Good new for property owners, not so good for buyers and tenants.

Sale nears on last large block of land in Coolum

The 43.37ha property on South Coolum Rd has sold.

South Coolum Rd property to be land banked