Palm Beach Rotary Club delivers nesting boxes to Penguin Island

Marine Park coordinator Melissa Evans with the Rotary working party Andy Chapman, Alan Guthrie, Hal Baxter, Mick Le-Cocq, Des Mant and Rick Dawson.
Marine Park coordinator Melissa Evans with the Rotary working party Andy Chapman, Alan Guthrie, Hal Baxter, Mick Le-Cocq, Des Mant and Rick Dawson.

PALM Beach Rotary Club delivered 20 nesting boxes to Penguin Island on Monday .

They were carried to the island in two trips and will replace crumbling old boxes.

The boxes were made by club member Des Mant in the workshop behind his Shoalwater home.

Palm Beach Rotary Club member Des Mant made the boxes.

Once completed, other club members painted them.

A group of Rotarians moved them from the backyard into a cleaned-up rubbish truck owned by Rotarian Andy Chapman.

They then carted the hefty boxes down the jetty, loaded them onto past president Rick Dawson’s boat, then unloaded at the other end and carted them to a Department of Parks and Wildlife building on the island.

Mr Dawson said fairy penguin chicks had struggled in the old nesting boxes in the warmer weather.

“These boxes have been designed to avoid that, with air vents on the sides and raised insulated roofs allowing hot air to rise and dissipate,” he said.

“The nesting boxes imitate penguin burrows, which are tunnels that lead to a nest ‘bowl’ or cave in which they can stand.”