First possum bridge for Perth

A Brushtail Possum. Photo: Karen Clarkson-Native ARC.
A Brushtail Possum. Photo: Karen Clarkson-Native ARC.

PERTH’S first possum bridge will be built in Cockburn.

A 6.3m tall cable-tensioned rope bridge will be hung over Beeliar Drive, just east of Dunraven Drive, as a link between Kogolup Lake and Yangebup Lake.

City of Cockburn environment manager Chris Beaton said they hoped some of the abundant Brushtail Possums around Kogolup Lake would now be able to populate Yangebup Lake, where the population numbers were much lower.

“A bridge will help possums move through our increasingly fragmented landscape,” he said.

“As they cross roads between water and food source environments, cars are a constant threat.

“Studies have found numerous possums living on the Kogolup Lake side of Beeliar Drive, but very few on the other side at Yangebup Lake.

“We hope the bridge will encourage them to expand their habitat.”

He said the City wanted to embrace projects that helped to maintain biodiversity and sustainability for native species.

Construction will start in the next few weeks.