Rewilding Australia supports the BRINK initiative which is an alliance of conservation organisations speaking with one voice on the need for decisive action this Threatened Species Day, September 7.
This year, the focus of The BRINK is on the critically endangered Northern Hairy Nosed Wombat. In the 1980’s there were only 35 left , but after decades of hard work, there are now about 200 Northern Hairy Nosed Wombats. Despite this, the species remains at risk.
At the moment most of these wombats live in one location in Queensland and could literally be wiped off the face of the earth if there was a disaster such as a devastating bushfire or contagious disease.
The fate of this species is of national significance. It is Queensland’s most endangered mammal and it is listed as endangered under national legislation. Captive breeding is currently not an option for the species – there are no Northern Hairy nosed wombats in captivity anywhere in the world.
Action is urgently needed to secure new habitat for the species to bring them back from the brink of extinction; It is their best chance of ensuring their survival.
Rewilding Australia will be calling on the Commonwealth Government to work collaboratively with the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection to secure a suitable reintroduction site for the Northern Hairy-nosed wombats – in line with the species recovery plan currently under revision by the Department.
We’d love all supporters of Rewilding Australia to also participate in this initiative. We encourage Australians to contact the Federal Minister for the Environment, The Hon Greg Hunt MP asking:
- He request details from his Queensland counterpart on actions being taken to secure a reintroduction site for the Northern Hairy Nosed Wombat and
- He seeks opportunities to work collaboratively with the Queensland Minister by providing assistance in securing a third site as a priority.
Here’s a template letter for you to use…
Government Ministers react more positively to individual letters which are polite and to the point. We provide a simple guide below, together with some key facts to assist. A letter only needs to be a page or so long. To maximise the impact, we ask that letters are sent between August 24 and September 7 2015. In the next few weeks we will be adding an example letter, which you can cut, paste and adapt if you prefer.
When you write your letter please address it to:
The Hon. Greg Hunt MP
Minister for the Environment
Post Office Box 6022
House of Representatives, Parliament House,
Canberra, ACT 2600
(Copy: The Hon. Dr. Steven Miles MP, Qld Minister for the Environment and Heritage Protection)
Your letter might include the following:
- Briefly introduce yourself – who you are, where you live, and any other information you feel relevant
- Express your concern in your own words about the need to help endangered Australian wildlife, and in particular the Northern Hairy Nosed wombat
- Ask for information about what actions are being taken by the Federal Government and the Qld State Government to take action to save these animals, before it is too late
- Ask the Federal Minister to work with the Queensland Minister of the Environment and Heritage Protection to help identify, secure and remediate land suitable for a new reintroduction site for the Northern Hairy nosed wombat
- Don’t forget to provide your contact details (postal address and/or your email address) so that a response can be sent to you
Here are some relevant facts that you might want to use in your letter:
- There are about 200 Northern hairy nosed wombats left in existence. That makes them one of the most endangered mammal species in the world
- They are listed as endangered species under the federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, which means that the government has a legislated responsibility to bring about their recovery
- They are listed under the IUCN red list as critically endangered
- The Northern hairy-nosed wombat recovery plan lists the creation of a third population as a priority objective, crucial to the recovery of this species
- It would be of great help if the Federal Government was to provide Queensland with tangible and effective assistance wherever possible to identify, secure and rehabilitate a suitable new site.
Once you have completed your letter, please post it or email it to the recipients any time between August 24 and September 7 – the contact details appear below:
House of Reps, Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600
Minister for the Environment & Heritage Protection
GPO Box 2454
Brisbane, Queensland 4001
Once you’ve sent off your letter(s), that’s all you need to do, but if you’d like to send a copy to us, please feel free to send THE BRINK a copy at firstname.lastname@example.org