Protect our bush babies: Community mini-summit

09 December 2015
Region: GeoCatch

More than 100 community members attended forums in Bunbury and Dunsborough this month to find out how to protect and manage the region’s threatened flora and fauna.

Ecologist Dr Judy Fisher and Parks & Wildlife’s Cherie Kemp joined SWCC’s Dr Emily Hugues dit Ciles to present at the Community Conservation in Action forum at the Koombana Bay Sailing Club on 3 December. Other speakers included SWCC’s Jodie Deeley, Dunsborough Coast & Landcare’s Ron Glencross and Possum Centre Busselton’s Uta Wicke.

The endangered Western Ringtail Possum was also on the agenda at the Protect our Bush Babies mini-summit at St George’s Church Hall Dunsborough on 9 December, hosted by SWCC and the City of Busselton. UWA’s Associate Professor Roberta Bencini and Dr Kaori Bencini shared their research on the species at Bunbury’s Outer Ring Road development and at Caves Road, Quindalup. Parks & Wildlife ecologist Dr Geoff Barrett focused on the threatened Quenda and how the community could protect and attract the species.

Special thanks to our community partners who shared their advice and experiences – Jackie Nichol (City of Busselton), Cherie Kemp (Parks & Wildlife), Patti Bolt (Possum Centre Busselton), Breanne Brown (GeoCatch/WRAG), Suzanne Strapp and Ali Holt (FAWNA), Paul Watts (Toby Inlet Catchment Group), Bernie Masters (Busselton Naturalists Club) and Ron Glencross (Dunsborough Coast and Land Care).

A list of presenter contacts can be found by clicking here

Contact Jenelle Bowles on 9781 3112 or jenelle.bowles@swccnrm.org.au if you would like further information on these presentations.



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