Funding boost for threatened cockatoos at Murdoch January 4, 2018 Restoring habitats: MERG volunteers work year round to look after bushland on Murdoch's Perth campus Conservation efforts to help endangered black cockatoos at Murdoch University’s Perth campus will be aided thanks to a State Government grant. The Murdoch Environmental Restoration Group (MERG) has won a $40,000 Community Action 2017-18 grant from the State Natural Resource Management (NRM) Program, to continue its work to restore and maintain important habitats. This will include the planting of trees that will eventually be suitable for foraging and roosting. The funding will also assist with the management of weed species and controlling populations of feral bees that compete for nesting holes with black cockatoos. MERG co-convenor Rebekah Bigaila said Murdoch’s Perth campus features important remnants of cockatoo habitat that were once prolific across the Swan Coastal Plain. “This includes threatened banksia woodland and tuart ecological communities,” she said. “Black cockatoos, along with many other species of animal, are now reliant on these very small, fragmented patches of bushland for their survival. “MERG is dedicated to managing the bushland on the Perth campus to support black cockatoo species like Forest Red Tailed and Carnaby’s.” MERG is a volunteer group made up of Murdoch students, staff, alumni and community members, which has been carrying out various restoration projects across the University campus since forming in 2007. Ms Bigalia, who will be graduating from Murdoch with a degree in Asian Studies early next year, said looking after the bushland on campus is a year round job and volunteers are always welcome. “MERG currently runs planting days, weeding days and other maintenance activities throughout the year and so we are always looking for help from staff, students and members of the community who would like to help.” To find out more about MERG and it’s activities, follow them on Facebook, or request to join their mailing list at MurdochERG@gmail.com. The State NRM Program is a State Government initiative that provides funding to help protect and conserve WA's environment. Print This Post Media contact: Jo Manning Tel: (08) 9360 2474 | Mobile: 0408 201 309 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Categories: General, Murdoch achievements Tags: banksia woodland, black cockatoos, carnabys black cockatoo, environmental restoration, forest red-tailed black cockatoos, merg, merg volunteers, murdoch environmental restoration group, murdoch perth campus, state nrm program Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!