Busselton public artwork signifies importance of endangered western ringtail possums

Artistic skyway to save possum lives

Lea Taylor from Creative Culture completing her mural art. Image supplied.

Lea Taylor from Creative Culture completing her mural art. Image supplied.

The creation of a western ringtail possum mural artwork was completed on the recently constructed possum rope bridge, spanning Marine Terrace in Busselton.

Creative Culture artist Lea Taylor was selected to complete the works, in consultation with the Undalup Association.

The mural expresses the significance of the ringtail possum to the traditional custodians of this area, the Wadandi people.

Supporting signage will include further information about the traditional significance of this species and the role of the possum rope bridge.

GeoCatch project officer Nicole Lincoln said that engaging the Aboriginal community in the project was important.

"Ringtails have co-existed with the local Wadandi people in this region for thousands of years," she said.

"Understanding their cultural significance and telling that story through art helps us on our journey to protect this critically endangered species."

The possum bridge was constructed by South West Catchments Council (SWCC) earlier this year to allow western ringtail possums to cross Marine Terrace safely, without the risk of being hit by vehicles.

"Motor vehicles are responsible for significant death and injury to our local possum population, so we urge drivers slow down and watch out for wildlife, especially from dusk till dawn," Ms Lincoln said.

The bridge has been fitted with cameras to allow SWCC to monitor the possum traffic.

The construction of this safe crossing and the possum mural helps raise awareness of the critically endangered western ringtail possum and is an apt way to celebrate this iconic species with the community and tourists visiting the region.

Photo : Photo Caption: Lea Taylor from Creative Culture completing her mural art