Melbourne Airport has partnered with Conservation Volunteers Australia since to deliver the Healthy Habitats program in partnership with Parks Victoria, the Eastern Barred Bandicoot Recovery Team, Zoos Victoria, the Department of Environment and Primary Industries and the University of Melbourne.
This program is a critical part of CVA’s national wildlife conservation program, Wild Futures.
The Healthy Habitats program supports the establishment of a 300 hectare protected and predator-proof habitat for the critically endangered Eastern Barred Bandicoot, one of Victoria’s most endangered mammals. Located at Woodlands Historic Park in Greenvale, on Melbourne Airport’s back doorstep, community members and volunteers work tirelessly during to repair, install and maintain a predator-proof fence at Woodlands Historic Park.
Through support of the Healthy Habitats program, Melbourne Airport has made a direct and significant contribution to:
- Establishing essential breeding habitat for the Eastern Barred Bandicoot, Victoria’s most endangered mammal.
- Maintaining the ‘Back Paddock’ at Woodlands Historic Park as a predator free zone and allowing the release of the Eastern Barred Bandicoots into the Back Paddock for the first time.
- Creating greater public awareness through electronic information banners created by Caroline Doherty and Samara Williams which has advertised the project internally at Melbourne Airport. From this, CVA has been able to promote upcoming volunteer events, share information about Woodlands Historic Park and provide updates on the bandicoot’s recovery progress.
- Informing Melbourne Airport residents about the bandicoot recovery program by distributing newsletters.
- Providing weekend family and friend volunteer opportunities. These opportunities gave local residents a chance to bring their children to assist with making bandicoot bait food which is used for trapping and monitoring, watch and sort video surveillance and enjoy a sausage sizzle and information session.
With the species currently listed as extinct in the wild, this is a positive step towards the Eastern Barred Bandicoot’s recovery and bounce back from the brink of extinction.