Ministerial Statement Greenhouse effect
Tabled Paper 999
Tabled Papers for 5th Assembly 1987 - 1990; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT
Tabled by Marshall Perron
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EFFORTS TO PROTECT OUR ENDANGERED BILBY ARE ALSO BEGINNING TO BEAR FRUIT. THE BILBY, OR RABBIT-EARED BANDICOOT, WAS ONCE FOUND OVER MUCH OF MAINLAND AUSTRALIA BUT IS NOW MAINLY CONFINED TO THE TANAMI DESERT. THE CONSERVATION COMMISSION HAS SUCCESSIVELY BRED THE BILBY IN CAPTIVITY AT THE ARID ZONE RESEARCH INSTITUTE IN ALICE SPRINGS, AND SURPLUS BILBIES ARE NOW BEING RE-INTRODUCED IN WATARRKA NATIONAL PARK. THERE THEY ARE BREEDING WELL AND HAVE MOVED OUT ACROSS A 10 SQUARE KILOMETRE AREA. A SIMILAR PROGRAM HAS BEEN STARTED FOR THE MALA, OR RUFOUS HARE-WALLABY, WHICH IS PERILOUSLY CLOSE TO EXTINCTION. THERE ARE NOW ONLY 20 TO 30 OF THESE ANIMALS LEFT IN THE WILD, YET THEY ONCE COVERED A QUARTER OF MAINLAND AUSTRALIA. CAPTIVE-BRED MALAS ARE BEING RE-INTRODUCED INTO ABORIGINAL LAND IN THE TANAMI DESERT, AND THERE ARE PROMISING INDICATIONS THAT THIS CO-OPERATIVE PROJECT BETWEEN THE CONSERVATION COMMISSION AND THE WALPIRI PEOPLE WILL BE SUCCESSFUL. THE WISE UTILISATION OF OUR NATURAL WILDLIFE CAN AND SHOULD ENSURE CONSERVATION. THE MOST OBVIOUS EXAMPLE OF THIS HAS BEEN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE TERRITORY 1S CROCODILE FARMING INDUSTRY. THIS INDUSTRY IS NOW WELL ESTABLISHED, AND AT THE SAME TIME THE WILD CROCODILE POPULATION HAS STEADILY RECOVERED SINCE THE 1960s WHEN NUMBERS WERE DANGEROUSLY LOW.
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