Protecting Flora & Fauna
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Warrnambool is blessed to have significant flora and fauna right on its door step, with Little Penguins, Southern Right Whales and an extensive coastal vegetated corridor all within easy viewing distance.
Council is committed to protecting flora and fauna. The world renowned Middle Island Maremma Project is one such example of Council working with community, government and the corporate world, such as Powercor and BHP to protect the Little Penguin from fox predation.
The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 protects the environment, particularly matters of National Environmental Significance (Protected matters). An example of this act in action is the Orange-bellied Parrot which has been transferred from the 'endangered' to 'critically endangered' list under the Act.
Orange-bellied Parrots are known to visit Warrnambool's coastline in winter. The decision to list the bird as critically endangered is based on advice from the Threatened Species Scientific Committee and provides added protection to this species.
For further information on endangered fauna or flora in the Warrnambool area click on the following links.