Back in 2009 the ACT Government conspired with the ABC to cook their Corroboree Frog captive breeding program fortunately things have recovered since then to the point Simon can be photographed with one of the lovely amphibians.
And he’s also announced some money in tomorrow’s budget for them:
The captive breeding program for the Northern Corroboree frog has received a life-saving boost with $101,000 allocated in the 2012-13 Budget, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, announced today.
“The Government is pleased to be able to fund a program that aims to see the ongoing protection of the Northern Corroboree Frog which is in danger of becoming extinct,” Mr Corbell said.
“Surveys in the 1980s showed there were many thousands of Northern Corroboree frogs in Namadgi National Park. Now it is estimated that there are only very few remaining in the wild in the ACT, largely as the result of an introduced disease.”
“This funding will provide the necessary money to the captive breeding program to protect these important frogs so they can continue to play their part to the ACT ecosystem.”
The Northern Corroboree Frog Captive Breeding Program started in 2003 and to-date has been funded by the Commonwealth.
“With Commonwealth funding due to cease in June 2012, funding by the ACT Government is vital towards continuing this program as a way to boost wild populations and as a precaution in the event that wild populations become extinct.