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Wimmera CMA

Street Address:
24 Darlot Street, Horsham, 3400
(enter via Gleed St)

Postal Address:
PO Box 479, Horsham, VIC, 3402
Phone: (03) 5382 1544
Fax: (03) 5382 6076
Email: wcma@wcma.vic.gov.au
 
Office Hours:
Monday to Friday, 8:30 - 5:00pm
(excluding Public Holidays and Christmas - New Year Closure.  Office may also be closed for short periods Monday mornings)

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Watch out for the locals this holiday season

Dec 15, 2015
 
 PlatypusSPOT Seasons Greetings
 
 

With summer holidays and warm weather approaching (hopefully), it is the best time of the year to get out and enjoy some of Victoria’s beautiful environment. While you’re out and about, please remember to fish, camp and hike responsibly as litter, fishing line and opera house style yabby nets can be lethal for the 'locals' including platypuses and other aquatic wildlife (platypusspot.org/learning-centre/conservation-threats). Opera house style nets are illegal to use in public waters in Victoria, ACT and Tasmania, as well as areas of NSW and Qld, and can easily trap and drown platypuses, Rakali (native water rats), and turtles. Hoop-style drop nets are a safe and legal alternative to get a tasty feed of yabbies (see agriculture.vic.gov.au/fisheries/recreational-fishing/recreational-fishing-guide/permitted-fishing-equipment).

Also keep an eye out for the elusive platypus in rivers, creeks and dams. Any sightings can be posted to platypusSPOT along with photos (if you’re fortunate enough to get one) and observations to help ecologists get a clearer picture of where these iconic animals occur. Or you can have a look at platypusSPOT to see where the best locations are to try and spot platypuses in your local area or holiday spot (be patient, sit quietly at dawn or dusk).

The 'locals' wish you a happy holiday season!