Applications for the 21/22 Jim Cuthbertson Grant now CLOSED

Congratulations to Jessica Lovegrove-Walsh on receiving the 2021/22 Jim Cuthbertson Grant.
Ms Lovegrove-Walsh with Paul Revie, will be undertaking a survey of Nerang National Park fauna, which has not been carried out since 2002. This research will assist in the development of a new Park Management Plan being drafted by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Services.
Nerang National Park is home to at least seven threatened fauna species, along with four migratory species (according to WildNet records). These species include, the tusked frog (Adelotus brevis), the glossy black-cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus lathami), the powerful owl (Ninox strenua), the koala (Phascolarctos cinereus), and the greater glider (Petauroides volans). Recently, the greater sooty owl (Tyto tenebricosa), feathertail glider (Acrobates pygmaeus), and ringtail possum (Pseudocheirus peregrinus) have also been recorded in the park.

This $4,000 grant is made possible thanks to a much-appreciated bequest from Jim Cuthbertson, and matching funding from the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service this year.

The inaugural Grant (2018-2019) attracted more than $80,000 of in-kind flora and fauna survey work with findings presented in the upcoming Autumn edition of Protected.
The proposed project must address at least one of the following, listed below in order of priority:

    • improve the conservation value/resilience of one or a number of parks;

    • strengthen the science and evidence base of one or a number of parks or park proposals; or

    • advance community knowledge of, or connection to, Queensland’s national parks.

Applicants may be Honours, Masters or PhD students, or volunteers.
Proposed projects shall take no longer than two years. Six monthly progress and a final report are to be provided by the recipient.
Applications will be assessed on:

    • the potential conservation outcome (35%),

    • relevance to current issues and/or the applicant’s research (35%)

    • any additional funding obtained by the applicant (20%)

    • health, safety and environment including provisions for COVID safe measures (10%).

The next grant offering round will be in early 2023.