Platypus Country – sign unveiled

Matthew Bailey, Mandy Smith NPWS; Murray Thompson PMHC; Marg Duffy Comboyne Community Association.

In a bid to reduce platypus deaths in yabby traps, Hastings PACT has produced 12 signs for priority locations in the Hastings. The Thone River at Comboyne was the first location to be signposted.

Through community awareness, Hastings PACT aims to educate the community to protect the local creeks and rivers that form the habitat of the platypus; raise awareness that platypuses and other air breathing wildlife such as turtles and water birds get caught and drown in yabby traps; and reinforce that it is illegal to use yabby traps in the Hastings River and all freshwater creeks and estuaries in the Hastings.

Comboyne students take a bugs-eye view

Comboyne Primary School students with PACT members prepare for a water bug survey

PACT members met up with students at Comboyne Primary School to conduct a Bug Survey on the Thone River. The survey revealed a range of water bugs including some of the more sensitive macro-invertebrates that not only indicate a healthy river but a food source for local platypuses.

By working with schools and the wider community, PACT intends to connect people with our rivers, reduce the problem of injury and death to platypuses and other air breathing wildlife, while at the same time encouraging appropriate habitat management and the protection of riparian zones.

Riparian river walk

The Comboyne Community Association conducted a walking tour along the Thone River to view improved platypus habitat as a result of the riparian restoration work carried out in partnership with PMHC.

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Hastings catchment tour