She said the decision to focus on 110 priority species, and 20 places of special environmental significance, does not mean the government is ignoring the other 1,800 or so plants and animals that are listed as threatened.
Ms Plibersek said it was possible to save the environment and keep mining, saying the nation has a “continued need to develop” but it must be done in an environmentally responsible way. Source: AAP / (AAP Image/Dean Lewins)
“These prioritised species create a kind of halo effect,” she told reporters as she launched the plan in Sydney.
They include the Parma rock wallaby found along the Great Dividing Range and NSW’s Mount Kaputar land snail and slug community, including the striking Kaputar giant pink slug.
The release of the plan comes less than three months after the shocking five-yearly State of the Environment report, which laid bare what’s already been lost and what could follow.
“Scientists estimate $1.69 billion a year is needed to tackle Australia’s extinction crisis. We urge the government to include funding to halt extinction in this month’s federal budget,” nature program manager Basha Stasak said.