Platypus singled out for help

Katherine Hausmann (left), from the United States and studying at Deakin, Melbourne’s Aurora Crombie and Warrnambool’s Robyn Xuereb plant trees along the Merri River.

Katherine Hausmann (left), from the United States and studying at Deakin, Melbourne’s Aurora Crombie and Warrnambool’s Robyn Xuereb plant trees along the Merri River.

MUD and rain might not sound like an ideal date but Warrnambool’s speed planting group made it the back drop for a unique meet and greet. 

While not your average singles mingle, about 20 volunteers embraced the conservationist’s take on speed dating to help plant hundreds of trees on Saturday along the Merri River.

 Like speed dating, people paired off into small rotating groups planting native species along the worn out banks of the river.

Warrnambool Landcare Coastcare leader Bruce Campbell said the Membery Way reserve was an important habitat for platypus. 

“We’re trying to repair the banks of the Merri to prevent erosion and if you prevent erosion it’s a better habitat for the platypus,” Mr Campbell said.

He said the city’s wildlife would vanish unless more people took an interest in restoring habitat and parkland for native species.

“Next Saturday we’ll finish off planting for a couple hours so people are welcome to come and join us,” Mr Campbell said. 

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