In partnership with our customer Major Road Projects Victoria, construction partner Seymour Whyte, and two local Men's Sheds, we're building 40 bandicoot shelters on the Healesville to Kooweerup Road Upgrade.
The shelters, along with underpasses and habitat ponds, are all being built to assist endangered and vulnerable native wildlife before, during and after construction. The shelters will be installed in locations along Healesville-Kooweerup Road where they can be moved as needed.
"Men’s Shed" is a community-based, non-commercial organisation that is open to men and provides a place where they can feel included and safe, thereby improving their health and wellbeing.
Ken Hordem, Cardinia Men's Shed Pakenham secretary said he was proud to be working with the project team to design and build these bandicoot shelters.
"As a not-for-profit community organisation, we're always looking to contribute to community projects like the Healesville-Kooweerup Road Upgrade,” he said.
Kooweerup Men's Shed secretary Brian Harlow shared the sentiment.
"We understand the need to protect the native wildlife and are proud to be able to contribute to sustaining the Southern Brown Bandicoot population in the area," he said.
As part of the project, more than 40 underpasses and fauna crossings will be built so Southern Brown Bandicoots, Growling Grass Frogs and other wildlife in the area can safely cross the road.
Here's a link to this story, as told on Channel 7 in Melbourne...