|The Port Phillip & Westernport CMA (PPWCMA), in collaboration with the City of Casey, will be presenting an information session about the endangered Southern Brown Bandicoot and their habitat within Casey and surrounding areas. |
The Southern Brown Bandicoot is a shy, ground-dwelling marsupial that is around the same size as a small rabbit. It was once a common mammal in this area but is now an endangered species found only in southern Victoria.
The largest remaining population is in East Gippsland but, thankfully, we also have populations of Bandicoots in the Casey and Cardinia areas, particularly in the flatter farmland to the north of Western Port.
All members of the community are invited to the information session. Specialists from the PPWCMA, City of Casey, Trust for Nature, Westernport Biosphere and Deakin University will speak on protection and improvement of Southern Brown Bandicoot habitat, its conservation status, current research and past and present Bandicoot programs.
They will also outline current funding opportunities from the PPWCMA and City of Casey that are offered to landowners to assist with property management such as fencing habitat from stock, pest plant & animal control and revegetation. This includes the PPWCMA’s “Habitat Protection & Conservation Program” funded by the Australian Government’s ‘Caring for our Country’ initiative.
The community are also invited to share their experiences about Southern Brown Bandicoots, including sightings, their habitat & history.
When: Thursday 25 August 2011
Time: 7 – 10pm
Where: Pearcedale Public Hall, corner Queens and Peracedale Roads, Pearcedale (Melway Ref: 140 J6)
For further information and Registration contact Adam Shalekoff on 03 8781 7962 / firstname.lastname@example.org, or Lisa Kuriata on 9705 5832.
Supper will be provided.