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Jaya Vaughan and Lance McGuire at the Bunbury TAFE Cultural and Market Day

The critically endangered Western Ringtail Possum and Aboriginal cultural heritage were the topics of conversation at Bunbury TAFE’s Cultural and Market Day last week.

Dozens of students, teachers and community members spoke to SWCC’s Threatened Species Project Manager Jaya Vaughan about how common the species is in urban areas and how they could take small actions at home to help. Five lucky market-goers won a Peppermint tree to take home to plant as habitat and food for the ringtails.

SWCC’s Cultural Connections Officer Lance McGuire also hosted a stall displaying a variety of traditional tools and materials, filling in for well-respected Noongar local Karim Kahn.

SWCC’s Threatened Species project will be delivered across Greater Bunbury and the wider south-west regions over the next five years and is funded through the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

Ms Vaughan said it was great to see so many people engaging in the stall, especially children, with an interest in conserving this iconic species of the region.

“There will be many chances for the community to get involved in our five-year project with planting days, bushland busy bees, spotlighting events and educational workshops to be run in future,” she said.

For further information about possum conservation, contact [email protected]

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