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Fairy prion at Port Fairy, Victoria. Photo: Ed Dunens | CC BY 2.0

Threats to Nature

If Australians are to protect what is most distinctive about this country – our unique plants, animals and ecological communities – we urgently need to overcome the key threats facing them. At least 100 species unique to Australia have been lost since 1788 and thousands more are on a path to extinction. About 1800 species…

Feral deer in Tasmania

Tasmania and Victoria remain the last two states in Australia that continue to treat deer as a hunting resource instead of managing them as the pest species they have become. Feral deer destroy native vegetation, trample plants and ring-bark young trees. They foul waterholes, cause soil erosion, spread weeds and increase the potential for transmitting…

Threats to Nature Project Manager

Position: ‘Threats to Nature’ Project Manager Reports to: CEO Basis: Part time (2dpw, possibility of additional days per week dependant on funding) Location: Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne (willing to consider alternative locations for outstanding applications) Duration: Two-year contract, with extension possible Salary range: $70-82,000 pa pro rata depending on skills and experience Job description The project…

Feral Herald

Environmental biosecurity chief delivers

Australia’s first Chief Environmental Biosecurity Officer has been in place for a year, so now is a good time to review the success of the position.

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Hunt letter supporting EHA

Environment Health Australia

Environmental biosecurity – the protection of our natural environment from harmful exotic weeds, pests and diseases – requires much more attention than it currently receives.

Two government-industry bodies, Plant Health Australia and Animal Health Australia, have been working for many years to keep crop and livestock industries safe from new invasive species.

That is why we have launched ‘Keeping Nature Safe’, a proposal for the establishment of Environment Health Australia, a national body dedicated to environmental biosecurity. It would bring together major participants in environmental biosecurity, effectively involve the community sector, and foster collaboration in tackling some of Australia ’s most pressing and challenging environmental threats.

Environmental Health Australia would take up the challenge of keeping our incredible natural heritage, native plants and wildlife safe from new and emerging invasive species.

A large male red deer in the Grampians. Photo: Steve Morvell

Feral deer

Feral deer are probably Australia’s worst emerging pest problem, causing damage to the natural environment and agricultural businesses.

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