Wild weather did not deter young Scotch students from Perth and local families from planting at our community planting day in June. Expectations for the turnout were low given the challenging weather conditions. The event went ahead however as families and students, unfazed by the wet conditions, turned up ready to plant trees.
Native seedlings were planted at Dolphin Road Foreshore to provide future habitat for the critically endangered western ringtail possum. The seedlings were planted next to the 2019 and 2020 planting sites where 2000 possum-friendly plants are now established and looking healthy.
GeoCatch project officer, Nicole Lincoln, said that planting trees was a popular way for the community to give back to the local environment.
“Engaging in projects that have a legacy in the community can provide a real sense of accomplishment and satisfaction,” said Nicole.
“They are also a lot of fun and a free source of endorphins!”
Creating future habitat for the western ringtail possum not only supports the survival of this species, it improves the amenity and livability of the Geographe Bay Catchment.
GeoCatch thanks everyone that helped make the planting day a great success, including Bunbury Regional Prison Pre-Release Unit who helped prep the site and dig seedling holes in advance for the community event. The City of Busselton provided the planting site and helped prepare the area for ready for planting.
This project is supported by the South West Catchment Council, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program, and the City of Busselton.
PHOTO: Benji, Pernille and Amelia Pullan