Community connects through conservation

GeoCatch project officer Lisa Massey helped the community plant more than 1000 seedlings along the Dolphin Road Foreshore.
GeoCatch project officer Lisa Massey helped the community plant more than 1000 seedlings along the Dolphin Road Foreshore.

The sun was shining over 40 residents who took part in a GeoCatch community planting day last month.

Over 1000 seedlings were planted at the Dolphin Road Foreshore to provide future habitat for the critically endangered Western Ringtail Possum.

The seedlings were planted next to last year's site where 1000 possum-friendly plants are now established and looking healthy.

GeoCatch project officer Nicole Lincoln said planting days were an opportunity for the community to connect with nature and each other, particularly as we all emerge from isolation.

"Engaging in projects that have a legacy in the community can provide a real sense of accomplishment and satisfaction," she said.

"They are also a lot of fun and a free source of endorphins."

Nicole and John Lincoln were all smiles at the planting day. Image supplied.

Nicole and John Lincoln were all smiles at the planting day. Image supplied.

GeoCatch thanked everyone who helped make the planting day a great success.

Creating 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.

Parks and Wildlife supported the event by providing an informative possum talk on the importance of retaining and planting possum habitat in our local area.

The City of Busselton provided the planting site and prepared the area 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.