Bandicoot bunker buddies

TUCKED away in the Tangara Trail are many native creatures, including the vulnerable Eastern Barred Bandicoot.

Last month, prep students from Lauderdale Primary School joined in the Bandicoot Bunker Buddies program which is run through a partnership between Clarence City Council and the Acton Park Landcare Group.

The students pitched in and helped, watching new native plants being placed in the ground to help boost native shrub and understorey shelter for small birds and marsupials such as the Eastern Barred Bandicoot.

The Acton Park Landcare Group prepared holes for the plantings, provided the plants and tree guards, and developed interpretative signage and commemorative plaques at each bunker.

Students decorated the tree guards prior to planting and put the plants in the ground with the assistance of teachers and parents.

The Bandicoot Bunker Buddies program was set up in 2017 by Acton Park Landcare Group president Sharon Smith and then Lauderdale Primary School prep teacher Jess Fulton.

The Bandicoot Bunker Buddies has been running annually ever since and was a finalist in the 2017 Tasmanian Landcare Awards.

Ms Smith said the program had exceeded her expectations.

“We saw a need for increased habitat and regeneration spaces for these animals and thought it would be a wonderful way to get local young people involved and spread awareness,” she said.

“The school has been fantastic every year and we are grateful for the ongoing support of the Clarence City Council to make it happen.

“When the new plants and tree guards are in place it is a joyful sight to behold.”

Clarence City Council Mayor Alderman Doug Chipman said council was delighted to support this program which had so many community benefits.

“Through our grants program, we have been able to see this program benefit not only the natural environment, but also the children and other participants who are able to learn about the local area in a unique, hands-on way,” he said.

“We are grateful to all who are involved in this and other landcare and volunteering programs around Clarence.

“Contributions, no matter how small, can make a lasting impact for generations to come.”

The Acton Park Landcare Group is establishing a wildlife corridor and wildflower walk on the Tangara Trail and volunteers are needed.

All members of the community are warmly invited to volunteer with the Acton Park Landcare Group.

To join the email list, request to join the group via Facebook or email actonparklandcare@gmail.com.

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