“The project will aim to reduce residential and traffic light pollution with the installation of shade screening on the beach, which is part of the low glow program,” Minister Scanlon said.
The project will also restore beach nesting habitat by implementing a number of initiatives that include; predator management, weed and revegetation management, installing predator exclusion cages, light exclusion screening and rolling out community engagement and education.
BMRG Deputy Operations Manager Abbie Taylor said that the grant offered a great opportunity for BMRG and partner organisations such as Gidarjil Development Corporation to work together to protect these significant species.
BMRG CEO Sheila Charlesworth said the grant was extremely important to help protect turtles in the region.
“Our region is internationally renowned for its marine turtle nesting sites,” Ms Charlesworth said.
“These sites support significant breeding populations of endangered loggerhead turtles and vulnerable green and flatback turtles.
“These iconic species experience a range of serious threats to their survival. That’s why we are passionate about carrying out these projects and working with our partner organisations to do as much as we can.”
The grant is part of round six of the successful Nest to Ocean program. For the past seven years, the program has also helped reduce threat from feral animals through nest protection and feral animal control programs.
For more information about the $5.8 million nest to ocean program, please visit the DES website.