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Help shape next stage of Yorke Peninsula’s rewilding project

News release
16 November 2022

The future of Marna Banggara, the unique rewilding project that returned endangered brush-tailed bettongs to southern Yorke Peninsula, is now open for community consultation.

Marna Banggara is jointly funded through the Northern and Yorke Landscape Board, the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program, the South Australian Department for Environment and Water, WWF-Australia, and Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife, in partnership with the Narungga Nation Aboriginal Corporation.

The Northern and Yorke Landscape Board is calling for input to help shape the next five years of the long-term project.

Marna Banggara is an ambitious landscape restoration project that aims to create a safe haven for some of Australia’s most threatened native species, reinvigorate iconic bushland and benefit the community, economy and agriculture on Yorke Peninsula. It is named from Narungga language with ‘marna’ meaning healthy or prosperous and ‘banggara’ signifying Country.

Marna Banggara’s newly-appointed Community Engagement Officer Rebecca O’Leary said there are some exciting ideas for the community to consider and new suggestions are also welcome.

“The next five years of the project is about building on past achievements, such as the reintroduction of brush-tailed bettongs, the coordinated fox baiting and collaboration with the Narungga community,” she said.

“We’re keen for the Yorke Peninsula community to help shape Marna Banggara’s evolution, which has the potential to bring back more locally-extinct native animals, employ a Narungga project officer, expand intensive fox and feral cat control and increase barn owl numbers through nest boxes on private properties.”

To have your say, community members are invited to complete a short online survey at www.tiny.cc/MBfuture by 7 December 2022.

Other partners actively involved in developing and delivering Marna Banggara include Zoos SA, Regional Development Australia, South Australian Tourism Commission, FAUNA Research Alliance, BirdLife Australia, Nature Conservation Society of SA, Primary Producers SA, Primary Industries and Regions SA, Conservation Volunteers Australia, Legatus Group, Yorke Peninsula Council, Yorke Peninsula Tourism and Scientific Expedition Group.