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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
 
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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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Keep it Clean and Watch out for the locals

Apr 01, 2021
Opera house style nets are illegal to use
in public waters in Victoria

This net found recently at Mutton Swamp
was full of drowned turtles

The weather is still warm and it is a great time of the year to get out and enjoy some of Victoria’s beautiful environment.

While you’re out and about please remember when fishing, yabbying, camping or enjoying our waterways, do it responsibly.  Because 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).

Also please note - Opera house style nets are illegal to use in Victoria, and can easily trap and drown platypuses, Rakali (native water rats), and turtles.  Just recently this net, full of dead turtles, was found on the banks of Mutton Swamp south of Rupanyup.  This is one of our sites where we deliver environmental water to try to provide improved water quality and habitat to our natives. 

Hoop-style drop nets are a safe and legal alternative to get a tasty feed of yabbies (see VFA 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).


Also keep your eyes open to see some of our other beautiful wildlife.  To help you identify what's out there, Wimmera CMA have released revised editions of:

Glovebox Wetland Bird Guide 
  • The Glovebox Guide to Wimmera Wetland Birds 
  
 Glovebox Frog Guide
  • The Glovebox Guide to Wimmera Frogs

Contact Wimmera CMA to find out how you can get a copy.

You can also record any frogs you hear in the new FrogID app by The Australian Museum frog identification project https://www.frogid.net.au/ 

Enjoy the Easter break responsibly!