A re-elected Morrison Government will invest up to $100,000 in recovery programs for the Hooded Plover.

Minister for the Environment Melissa Price said the funding will build on existing work to protect Plover nests and increase the rate of chick survival.

“The Hooded Plover is one of 20 priority bird species under the Threatened Species Strategy and working through Birdlife Australia, this funding will build on nest protection, monitoring and other recovery actions,” she said.

“Activities will take place across the full nesting range of the Hooded Plover in Victoria and South Australia.”

The funding will be provided from the Morrison Government’s $100 million Environment Restoration Fund, announced in the 2019-20 Budget.

The Environment Restoration Fund will have three key priority areas: protecting threatened and migratory species and their habitats; improving Australia’s coasts, oceans and waterways; and increasing recycling of waste.

“This Fund will invest in protecting threatened and migratory species and their habitats, making a difference to save species from extinction by restoring habitat, reducing threats like feral species, supporting captive-breeding programs, and creating safe havens for species at risk,” Minister Price said.

The Environment Restoration Fund builds on our $1 billion investment through the National Landcare Program and complements the Communities Environment Program.

The 2019-20 Budget includes a $3.8 billion investment in a better environment, including a $3.5 billion Climate Solutions Package.