Platypus structures

Platypus structures

East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (EGCMA) promised the platypus in the Tambo River some home renovations, and has delivered on its pledge.
EGCMA has placed a series of wood structures in two locations north of Bruthen that will play essential roles in supporting platypus populations. The wooden structures will become home to aquatic plants to grow on, water bugs to live on and also provide food for platypus and give platypus shelter.
The 2019/2020 Black Summer Bushfires have affected the Tambo catchment, with increased in-stream sediment entering the river following rain events. Sadly, this is a big concern for the already vulnerable platypus populations, affecting their habitat and food source.
“This project is a partnership with many activities and on-ground works that will improve the environment at these sites,” acting EGCMA chief executive officer, Bec Hemming, said.
Project partner Arthur Rylah Institute (ARI) conducted water bug surveys before the structures were installed and will repeat these surveys in spring to compare any changes in types and density of bugs.

IMAGE: Acting East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority chief executive officer, Bec Hemming, standing beside structures prior to installation. (PS)

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