Carnaby's black cockatoo feeding on a bottlebrush plant.
Carnaby's black cockatoo feeding on a bottlebrush plant.

Western Australia's iconic Carnaby's cockatoos have been given a welcome boost, thanks to a Lotterywest grant of more than $1.5 million.

The Keep the Carnaby's Flying program is made up of a dedicated group of staff and volunteers, working to enhance and protect the birds' habitat in the Perth and Peel regions.

It's co-ordinated by the Black Cockatoo Conservation Program within the Harry Butler Institute at Murdoch University.

The Lotterywest funding of $1,541,210 will help a network of local governments, community organisations and non-for-profit groups revitalise and revegetate areas that Carnaby's cockatoos frequent for feeding, water and breeding.

Conservation action plans will then be created for these locations, aided by years of data from tracking wild flocks.

Comments attributed to Environment Minister Reece Whitby:

"The Keep the Carnaby's Flying program is a worthy recipient of a Lotterywest grant, providing vital support and local insight to help the iconic Carnaby's cockatoo.

"It's heartening to see all the important work being done to give this special native species a fighting chance.

"We're committed to the conservation of the Carnaby's cockatoo and I'm proud of the efforts by the community and researchers who make this happen."

Page reviewed 28 Oct 2022