In line with Victorian State Government's goal to strengthen community support of renewable energy projects, FRV's Community Engagement and Social Benefit Sharing Plan aims to meet the needs of the local community and includes a two-year pilot partnership with the Regent Honeyeater
Project, one of the most active volunteer conservation projects in Australia.
These include the regent honeyeater
and the swift parrot, a migratory species whose habitat in both Tasmania and the mainland is affected.
A flock of critically endangered Regent Honeyeater birds will take flight this Easter with plans to release more than 90 of the captive bred birds into the wild.
Taronga Zoos successful Regent Honeyeater breeding programme has resulted in a bumper season this year producing more than 90 birds for release as part of the 2017 Regent Honeyeater Captive Release and Community Monitoring Project.
Under our Threatened Species Strategy, the Coalition Government is directly investing more than $8 million in projects that support the Regent Honeyeater and its habitat and I am proud that our Threatened Species Commissioner will be there with local community members and zoo staff to celebrate this significant event.
The community monitoring program is an important part of the project with more than 100 dedicated community volunteers participating in the surveying and monitoring of Regent Honeyeaters. Along with the release of the captive bred birds, monitoring is an important action in the Regent Honeyeater National Recovery Plan.
Gang-gang Cockatoos were coming in to feed on our crab-apple berries and the now rare Regent Honeyeaters
were nesting in the trees there.
Few tree hollows remain and this, combined with declining nectar availability, is rapidly pushing species such as barking owls, tuans, regent honeyeaters
and swift parrots towards extinction.
`Just last Christmas we had the privilege of a visit and successful nesting of a pair of Regent Honeyeaters
on our property near Melbourne.