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September 11, 2020

McGowan Government invests further $3.4m in WABSI

Hon. Dave Kelly MLA, Minister for Science with WABSI CEO Professor Owen Nevin

The McGowan Government has committed an additional $3.4 million in The Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute (WABSI) to build on advances in biodiversity science.

Science Minister Dave Kelly announced the extension of WABSI’s funding to June 2023, bringing its total investment since WABSI started in 2015 to $10.1 million.

The State Government funds WABSI to support research projects which protect, conserve and ensure the sustainable management of Western Australia’s unique flora and fauna.

The Minister also welcomed WABSI’s new CEO, Professor Owen Nevin, an experienced conservation biologist and research leader with a track record of successfully bringing together industry and government.

“The McGowan Government is pleased to commit a further $3.4 million in funding to WABSI to ensure our State’s rich and unique biodiversity assets will be preserved for future generations to enjoy.

“WA is home to one of the world’s richest diversities of plant and animal life, including eight of Australia’s 15 terrestrial biodiversity hotspots.

“It’s crucial we invest in the understanding of our environment, as WA’s biodiversity is one of the main drivers of our economy through tourism, mining and agriculture.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank former CEO, Peter Zurzolo, who from his appointment in 2016 successfully built and led WABSI in becoming an institution that is valued for its collaboration and creating enduring benefits for Western Australia,” said Minister Kelly.

Read full statement from Science Minister Dave Kelly

Media contact: Preeti Castle, Strategic Engagement Director,

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