Swap the choco­late bunny for a bilby this Easter

Western Times - - NEWS -

IT IS that time of the year when su­per­mar­ket shelves are lined with choco­late good­ies, but have you given any thought to sup­port­ing a great cause as well as fu­elling the fes­tive spirit?

Mem­ber for War­rego Ann Leahy is putting out the call for res­i­dents in the Mara­noa to “please sup­port the Save the Bilby Fund and the work un­der­taken to con­serve the bil­bies at Charleville and Cur­rawinya Na­tional Park.”

“Fyna Foods sup­port the Save the Bilby Fund through their Easter Bilby range of Aus­tralian Bush Friends and Pink Lady bilby choco­lates.

“Look for the green swing tag show­ing the 30 cent do­na­tion per choco­late Easter bilby,” Ms Leahy said.

It’s not just a cos­metic is­sue, she said.

“Rab­bits are an in­tro­duced pest and num­ber in their mil­lions caus­ing land degra­da­tion across the na­tion and also com­pete with na­tive bil­bies for habi­tat and bur­rows.

“There are na­tion-wide ef­forts to con­trol the pest rab­bits and their en­vi­ron­men­tal dam­age,” said Ms Leahy.

“It makes sense to buy bil­bies not rab­bits at Easter time and sup­port the sur­vival of a threat­ened species, the bilby rather than sup­port­ing in­va­sive pest rab­bits,” Ms Leahy said.

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GOOD CAUSE: MP Ann Leahy said stores in Bris­bane were sold out of bil­bies and cus­tomers were ask­ing for more.

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