Fire recovery funding to help Riverina platypus populations

Riverina Local Land Services is offering funding to landholders to undertake works on the Gilmore, Adelong and Yaven Creeks to help protect local platypus populations impacted by the Dunns Road bushfires in early 2020.

The fire had a huge impact on landholders, the local environment and the plants and animals it supports, including the iconic platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus).

The funding program will support landholders to carry out work that will protect platypus habitat, said Senior Land Services Officer, Cherie White.

“Research estimates that platypus numbers declined by up to 18 per cent due to the Black Summer bushfires, so this work is all about supporting platypus recovery,” Ms White said.

“Funded work includes reducing stock access to streams through fencing and alternative water points, revegetation, woody weed removal and small- scale bank stabilisation.

“There are eligibility requirements and funding is limited, so we encourage interested landholders to visit our website to find out more.”

Further information is available at www.lls.nsw.gov.au/riverina

This funding has been sourced from the Australian Government as part of a program to assist recovery from the 2020 bushfires.

Landholders interested in participating should contact Cherie White, Senior Land Services Officer on 0427 407 126 or email cherie.white@lls.nsw.gov.au

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