A mile­stone year for Whroo net­work

McIvor Times - - NEWS -

WHROO Gold­fields Con­ser­va­tion Man­age­ment Net­work will cel­e­brate a mile­stone in 2016, with the four-year Yel­low Gums and Gold­fields Pro­ject and the one-year Link­ing the Land­scape Pro­ject fin­ish­ing by June.

CMN co-or­di­na­tor Jan­ice Men­tiplay-Smith said the to­tal amount of reveg­e­ta­tion th­ese projects would have achieved by then was an im­pres­sive 330 hectares, with 17km of fenc­ing.

‘‘In De­cem­ber we were thrilled to learn we had been suc­cess­ful in gain­ing fund­ing through the State Govern­ment’s Com­mu­nity Vol­un­teer Ac­tion Grants pro­gram for our glid­ers in the Gold­fields pro­ject, fo­cus­ing on build­ing habi­tat (nest boxes) for the threat­ened squir­rel glider,’’ she said.

‘‘This is a great pro­ject to get stuck into, with works to be con­cen­trated around the Rush­worth re­gion.

‘‘The 1000 Hol­lows Pro­ject, com­pe­tently run by Heathcote’s Or­lando Talamo, will con­tinue full steam ahead in 2016.

‘‘Or­lando is a great cham­pion for the na­tive crit­ters – brush-tailed phasco­gales, an­tech­i­nus, sugar glid­ers and squir­rel glid­ers, that de­pend on nest­ing hol­lows for their sur­vival.

‘‘Thanks to Or­lando’s ef­forts, we are close to reach­ing 1000 nest boxes for th­ese crit­ters.”

Ms Men­tiplay-Smith said the WGCMN would con­tinue to hold field days, visit schools, make pre­sen­ta­tions to com­mu­nity groups, hold dis­plays at lo­cal events, pro­duce the news­let­ters and seek fur­ther fund­ing through­out the year.

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