WWF welcomes Australian Government investment in turtle and dugong conservation

Posted on 18 July 2013   |  
Turtle field trip october 2011. Dermot O'Gorman, Nick Heath, Cliff Cobbo and David Whitehill releasing a green turtle after tagging.
Turtle field trip october 2011. Dermot O'Gorman, Nick Heath, Cliff Cobbo and David Whitehill releasing a green turtle after tagging.
© Leigh Huckel / WWF-Aus
WWF-Australia today welcomed the commitment of the Australian Government to commit $930,000 towards the management of marine turtles under the Working on Country program.

“The Working on Country program has been a great success for both the environment and Indigenous communities,” WWF spokesperson Darren Grover said.

“Not only is the program achieving outstanding environmental outcomes but it’s also providing employment and training opportunities within local communities.

“It is particularly pleasing to see the Girringun Aboriginal Corporation listed as one of the organisations receiving funding.

“WWF has been working in partnership with Girringun for a number of years now. They do a fantastic job working on turtle conservation through the “Gungu” project, which combines the latest science with traditional knowledge and experience gained over thousands of years.

“Working on Country is one of Australia’s success stories. An expansion of the program would also plug other gaps in priority areas such as the Great Barrier Reef and south-western Australia which need a lot more protection.

“Let’s help our Indigenous rangers make an even greater difference.”

WWF-Australia contacts:
Daniel Rockett, National Media Manager, 0432 206 592, drockett@wwf.org.au
Turtle field trip october 2011. Dermot O'Gorman, Nick Heath, Cliff Cobbo and David Whitehill releasing a green turtle after tagging.
Turtle field trip october 2011. Dermot O'Gorman, Nick Heath, Cliff Cobbo and David Whitehill releasing a green turtle after tagging.
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