Environment and Water | December 14, 2017

Wimmera platypus conservation

Victorian Parliament - 14 December 2017 - Ms KEALY - Recurrent droughts have had a significant impact on the agricultural sector, the backbone of our economy, but have also had a disastrous impact on our local environment. A recent study of the number of platypuses in the upper Wimmera River region produced distressing results, finding that platypuses in this area are functionally extinct. The government must support conservation efforts to restore vegetation around riverbanks undertaken by local Landcare groups and landholders adjacent to the Wimmera River and support the fantastic local organisation Project Platypus in promoting and supporting the repair of the local platypus habitat to give our region the best possible opportunity to re‑establish a viable platypus population in the Wimmera.

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