Over 488 native species are currently listed as threatened under Australia’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act 1999, and after the catastrophic bushfires in 2019-20 with nearly 3 billion animals impacted, many of these species are being pushed further towards extinction.
September 7 marks an important date in Australian history – the death of the last remaining Tasmanian tiger.
Each year on this day, many people stop and reflect on the fact that on that same date in 1936, Australia’s Tasmanian tiger, also known as the thylacine (Thylacinus cynocephalus), slipped over the extinction line.
Sixty years later in 1996, the Threatened Species Network founded by WWF-Australia and the Australian Government’s Natural Heritage Trust established National Threatened Species Day to commemorate the death of the last Tasmanian tiger at Hobart Zoo.
National Threatened Species Day is a day to shine a spotlight on all the Australian native animal and plant species that are facing similar fates to that of the Tasmanian tiger.
Councillor Miriam Stemp for Division 10 was out at schools in her area planting trees with students and staff.
“This year to raise further awareness and with the support of Council, we donated a “Plunkett Mallee” Eucalyptus curtisii tree to Carbrook State School, Chisholm Catholic College, Kimberley College, Loganholme State School and St Matthew’s Catholic Primary School,” said Cr Stemp.
“It was great to be able to talk to the schools about threatened species and I look forward to seeing them grow into the future.”
These small steps taken help to safeguard the future of Logan’s and Australia’s diverse ecosystems.
Photos from Cr Miriam Stemp’s Facebook page.