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Both the Helmeted Honeyeater and Leadbeater's Possum (Victoria's faunal emblems) have recently been upgraded to critically endangered - facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild - under The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act).
The EPBC Act is the Australian Government's central piece of environmental legislation. It provides a legal framework to protect and manage nationally and internationally important flora, fauna, ecological communities and heritage places — defined in the EPBC Act as matters of national environmental significance.
Is this all bad news? Is this the beginning of the end?
The Recovery Teams of both species have sought EPBC Act critically endangered status to provide for increased protection of these species.
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