Roy Hill will partner with the WA Biodiversity Science Institute (WABSI), and its research partners Murdoch University, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Western Australian Museum and CSIRO, as well as the Australian National University and Biologic, in a new research project aimed at securing a future for some of Australia's most endangered and threatened mammals.
The partnership will be supported with ARC Linkage funding and is one of 26 grants awarded nationally. As one of five grants awarded to Western Australia, this project will generate significant benefits by applying a genetics approach to landscape conservation.
Roy Hill and project partners will work together to locate important habitats, refuges and movement corridors, which in turn will direct where ground management will have the greatest conservation benefit for wildlife, including the endangered northern quoll and greater bilby.
Centred on the Pilbara region, and targeting small to medium sized mammals, the project will use planning tools to identify conservation strategies that will enhance and protect important habitats.
Roy Hill Environment Manager, John Wynne, said the project would assist the company by providing direction on developing wildlife conservation programs.
"This project will provide a foundation for assessing the impacts of our developments and inform strategies to mitigate or even alleviate these impacts," he said.
WABSI Program Director, Lesley Gibson, said that WABSI is excited to be able to facilitate and support this collaborative project that will deliver on the biodiversity science knowledge needs of key decision-makers and contribute to improving biodiversity outcomes for WA.
The project will kick off in early 2018 and is expected to yield results over the next three years.