Numbat task force
ROBERT MCLEAN, John Lawson and Sean Van Alphen (above, from left) became mates while photographing numbats in the Dryandra Woodland nature conservation area near Perth. Alarmed by feral cat predation there, they formed the Numbat Task Force to lobby for protection of the long-nosed native.
When plans were announced to locate a rubbish tip near Dryandra, they embarked on a campaign to save the creatures. The friends set up a Facebook page where they posted every numbat image they captured.
Their efforts overturned a WA Environmental Protection Authority decision not to assess the tip proposal. Its impact on the Dryandra will
now be examined by the watchdog.