It’s an Australian icon and now it could be the thing that stops toxic soil being processed at Maddingley Brown Coal.

The Victorian Government has listed the platypus as endangered and has moved to protect their habits.

An initial cash injection of $250,000 will immediately be made available to be spent on restoration works at key habitat sites listed in Victoria. A further $50,000 will be used to develop a long term plan to ensure the future for the star of Australia’s 20 cent coin.

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio said “This initial funding will support the urgent work that needs to be done now to restore platypus habitats while we work on a long-term plan to ensure this much-loved species has a bright future.”

The Platypus Management Plan will guide longer term investment in research and monitoring, habitat protection and restoration and population augmentation including re-populating suitable rivers and creeks and enhancing genetic diversity through translocation.

Platypus populations in Victoria intersect with Melbourne’s peri-urban areas where population growth and urban sprawl has impacted on the waterways they rely on for habitat. Prolonged drought in rural areas has also had an impact on their numbers.

The platypus calls the Werribee river home, and with the Parwan creek connected and running through MBC, the platypus could provide an angle for toxic soil groups trying to prevent toxic soil from the Westgate Tunnel Project.

To further support and protect the state’s unique biodiversity more than $580,000 in grants will be shared between 13 projects for our icon species including the Spotted Tree Frog, the Southern Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby, and the Orange-bellied Parrot.

“The platypus is one of our most loved species, known the world over as a symbol of Australia’s unique wildlife – that’s why we need to act quickly to address increasing pressure on its habitat and ensure the best outcome for this wonderful creature.”

Platypus Pat is back!! We need your help collecting platypus sightings in and near Bacchus Marsh. Please report…

Posted by Platypus Alliance – Bacchus Marsh on Tuesday, November 10, 2020

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Author: Dev