Save the platypus, make a friend

WANT to go speed dating while saving platypus? Grab your gardening gloves.

Warrnambool Landcare Coastcare Group is pressing on with a novel approach to saving the environment — speed planting. 

“It’s based on speed dating, it’s a kind of social event,” Warrnambool Landcare Coastcare deputy leader Vince Haberfield said.

“You have a group of people planting and you break up into smaller groups of four or five.” 

Local volunteers borrowed the idea from a similar group in Melbourne’s east. 

This year the group will focus their efforts on Membery Way — specifically along the Merri River belonging to a colony of platypus. 

“By planting vegetation we’re increasing habitat for the platypus,” he said.

Around 20 platypus were found during a mating season count in 2012. The group meets this Saturday at 10am. 

People can register at speedplantingwclg@live.com.au or on 0403 487 974.

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