Melbourne Airport partners with Conservation Volunteers Australia to support the Eastern Barred Bandicoot program through their Healthy Habitats program. Melbourne Airport has partnered with Conservation Volunteers Australia since 2013 and is continuing its support of the program for a further two years.
This critical wildlife conservation project is part of our Wild Futures, national wildlife conservation program. The project supports the recovery efforts of the Eastern Barred Bandicoot, Victoria’s most endangered marsupial. The bandicoot program is located at Woodlands Historic Park in Greenvale, right next door to the Melbourne Airport.
Initially volunteers installed a predator proof fence, in an area known as the ‘Back Paddock’ for the bandicoot. Since 2013, Eastern Barred Bandicoots have been released into the wild and are successfully breeding and building up numbers. Ongoing community-based scientific monitoring provides regular checks on the bandicoots’ population health and the results indicate a very healthy population that is continuing to increase. In fact the success of the program has lead to Conservation Volunteers managing a second property in Hamilton where bandicoots were recently released and now call home.
Melbourne Airport are helping to bring the bandicoot back from extinction by contributing to:
- Maintaining predator free safe sanctuaries for the bandicoot at Woodlands
- Restoring and maintain essential habitat for the survival of the bandicoot
- Contributing to the relocation and release of bandicoots to Hamilton, Western Victoria
- Educating local residents about the bandicoot recovery program
- Involving local residents in family volunteering days to assist in maintaining the bandicoot’s habitat
Family Volunteering Days
Our first family volunteering day will be held on September 24th to celebrate Biodiversity Month. In September, we are encouraging people to support our national threatened species program, Wild Futures. By volunteering at one of our family days, you will be making a real difference to the survival of the Eastern Barred Bandicoot. Volunteers will assist in making bandicoot bait food which is used for trapping and monitoring and enjoy a interpretative guided tour and information session.
Volunteer registrations are open now – come join us!
Thank you to Melbourne Airport for their continued support for the Eastern Barred Bandicoot Recovery Project, doing their bit to help secure the future of this endangered species.