Grant puts bats and birds back in bush

Joe Tonga with a Gould's wattle bat. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d405585
Joe Tonga with a Gould's wattle bat. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d405585

Peter Rattigan and the Bibra Lake Urban Farm, an eco-function centre next to Adventure World, received $4000 of funding under the City of Cockburn’s sustainability grants.

With the money Mr Rattigan was able to add vegetation to the site, as well as provide nesting boxes for local bats and cockatoos.

Given the site’s proximity to the conservation areas in North Lake and Bibra Lake, the donation was very much needed.

‘The grant was a positive step to keeping the habitat available to the animals of the area,’ he said.

‘With every development that goes up, you’re taking away habitat for the animals, so you need to replace it.

‘This is what we’re attempting to do with the breeding boxes.

‘The results probably won’t be seen for a number of years but we’re giving it every chance.’

Applications for the sustainability grants open this September. Email hjestribek @cockburn.wa.gov.au or call 9411 3444 to discuss your project ideas.