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Volunteers plant trees for local wildlife

VOLUNTEERS have put in native plants at Acton Park as part of National Tree Day and Landcare Week to provide habitat for local wildlife, particularly the eastern barred bandicoot and southern brown bandicoot.

Members of Acton Park Landcare, Utas Landcare Society and volunteers planted 220 native plants as part of a project to enhance habitat for prey species of the endangered masked owl – the largest species of barn own in the world – which is known to live in the Mount Rumney area.

“It was great to see volunteers once again coming together in numbers to do their bit for the local environment, and to be operating successfully under new arrangements designed to deliver COVID-19 safety,” Landcare Tasmania chief executive officer Rod Knight said.

The planting was part of a project funded through the Communities Environment Program, with strong support from Member for Franklin Julie Collins.

“I was very happy to support Landcare Tasmania for this $20,000 grant as part of the Communities Environment Program,” Ms Collins said.

“It is always a pleasure to be able to support Landcare Tasmania in the great work it does for our environment.”

In addition to the planting, wildlife night cameras were installed to monitor success in attracting bandicoots and other wildlife that owls and other raptors feed on, helping increase the overall health of biodiversity in the area.

“It was wonderful to be able to take part in this important event,” Ms Collins said.

“Restoring habitat for the masked owl is crucial to ensuring its long-term survival.”

Caption: From left, Peter Stronarch from Landcare Tas, Federal Member for Franklin Julie Collins, Landcare chief executive officer Rod Knight and Clarence Mayor Doug Chipman.