Australian Government celebrates coronation of Queen Mary with gift to the Tasmanian Devil
National contribution towards the conservation of the Tasmanian Devil to mark the crowning of Her Majesty Queen Mary of Denmark
Many Tasmanians will watch Denmark celebrate the coronation of His Majesty King Frederik and Her Majesty Queen Mary on Sunday 14 January with interest, and a sense of pride at seeing a woman who grew up in Tasmania playing such a significant role on a world stage.
To mark the special occasion, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, on behalf of the people of Australia, has announced a gift of $10,000 to Wildcare Tasmania towards the conservation of the Tasmanian Devil.
This national contribution is wonderful recognition of the work that our organisation, including our many volunteers, do to support the conservation of the Tasmanian Devil.
The facial tumour disease has had a devastating impact on the devil population. Adequate resourcing of research and management remain an ongoing concern, with the devil continuing to be listed as an endangered species.
Wildcare Tasmania funds a number of important projects in this area, including protecting and managing wild devil populations; supporting captive breeding and release programs; as well as research in disease prevention and cure.
CEO of Wildcare Tasmania, Jill Maxwell, says she was delighted with the Prime Minister’s announcement today.
“As a local myself, I always feel a sense of pride at seeing Tasmanians succeed and make an impact, whether at home or around the world.”
“Wildcare Tasmania is honoured to receive this contribution which will help continue the important work of saving the Tasmanian Devil population and species.”
“At a global level, the Tasmanian Devil really is representative of our magnificent wilderness and wildlife. What a wonderful way to celebrate Queen Mary and the coronation, by contributing to help us save our tenacious marsupial that is so synonymous with our state.”
Wildcare Tasmania is a not-for-profit organisation with more than 60 branches of volunteers around Tasmania who care for our wildlife, wild places and cultural heritage. We receive funding from the State Government, but as a membership organisation we also rely heavily on donations and philanthropy to allow us to continue the important work we do.
Last year, our volunteers contributed well over 37,000 hours of their own time and effort to care for our wild, beautiful environment. To become a member, to volunteer, or to donate, visit www.wildcaretas.org.au.