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Bin stickers help possums live longer

16 July, 2019

Wheelie bin stickers to encourage keeping cats and dogs inside at night are now available for Geographe Bay Catchment residents wanting to pledge their commitment to helping the critically endangered Western Ringtail Possum.

The free wheelie bin stickers can be used by responsible pet owners, or non-pet owners, wishing to help foster best practice pet ownership behaviours within their street or community.

GeoCatch project officer Nicole Lincoln says placing a Pets Away, Possums Play bin sticker on your street bin acts as a prompt to remind pet owners that keeping pets (cats and dogs) contained at night reduces injury and death to the critically endangered Western Ringtail Possum, and has the ripple effect of protecting other urban native wildlife.

“Being a responsible pet owner starts with you and means ensuring the welfare and wellbeing of your pets as well as protecting the possums and native wildlife. Keeping pets inside at night allows possums and wildlife to feel safe to forage, feed and thrive,” she said.

To grab your own bin sticker, join GeoCatch and partners these school holidays on Thursday 18th July between 9am -12pm at Vasse Coles foyer. While you are there take part in free activities, including possum craft and storytelling, see a possum up close, have your photo taken with our possum mascot ‘Western’, take home a possum friendly native plant and help celebrate the Western Ringtail Possum. Or alternatively contact GeoCatch via email or 9781 0111 to receive your bin sticker.

This event is a GeoCatch initiative, in partnership with Vasse Developments, the City of Busselton and Vasse Coles.

GeoCatch’s Pets Away Possums Play program is supported by the South West Catchments Council, through fundign from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program, and the State NRM Program, in the Geographe Bay Catchment.