Leschenault Men’s Shed work with Water Corporation to help conserve native animals

Water Corporation Sotuh West manager John Janssen, Leschenault Men’s Shed Glenn Mackenzie and John Wilson.
Water Corporation Sotuh West manager John Janssen, Leschenault Men’s Shed Glenn Mackenzie and John Wilson.

The Water Corporation recently teamed up with the Leschenault Men’s Shed in Australind to help provide shelter to native animals around Brunswick's Beela Dam.

The men’s shed answered the call for help from Water Corporation and built 30 habitat boxes suitable for possums, birds and micro bats.

Water Corporation South West regional manager John Janssen said the members of the men’s shed should be commended on their fantastic volunteer work.

“Thanks to the Leschenault Men’s Shed members, these habitat boxes will provide homes for animals seeking refuge around the Beela Dam catchment,” he said.

“The habitat boxes will support the conservation work the Leschenault Catchment Council, in partnership with Water Corporation, has been doing at the dam. 

"The Leschenault Catchment Council has been monitoring feral animals, controlling weeds and revegetating the area.”

The boxes were constructed from marine ply, which will ensure they can withstand the weather conditions, and will be fixed to trees with wire and hose to make sure they don’t damage the trees.

The Beela Dam catchment is home to both brush and ring tail possums and the brush tail phascogale which are dependent on hollow trees for nesting.   

The conservation and restoration work at Beela Dam forms part of the Water Corporation’s Liveability and Partnership Program in the South West which aims to protect and restore the environments around water catchments.