When Project Numbat heard of the Shire of Williams' plans to build a new playground at the Lions Park on the Albany Highway, we thought what a perfect place for a giant numbat!
Project Numbat has for many years contributed funding and volunteers to numbat conservation activities and research. Whilst most of our fundraising so far has been spent on conservation activities, we believe raising Numbat awareness is just as important.
In order to ensure its survival, we need people to know what a Numbat is and help us to conserve them. Project Numbat was delighted when the Shire of Williams accepted our proposal to create a giant Numbat feature in the home of numbat country.
Based on the Albany Highway, the town of Williams is considered the ‘gateway’ to the southwest for travellers and over 4,000 vehicles pass by each day. This new playground and giant Numbat will encourage people to stop and take a look, be active, have a coffee perhaps, get to know the Williams township and visit nearby Dryandra Woodland - home to one of the last two remaining wild populations of Numbats in Australia.
Numbats used to be found right across southern Australia but have dramatically declined due to predation by foxes and cats and loss of their habitat. Where numbats were once prevalent and thriving, now there are less than 1,000 left.
How can I help?
Project Numbat believes giving a large Numbat a home in Williams will raise much needed awareness and has committed $21,202 to get the fundraising started and we are delighted to announce that Shire of Williams through the Building Better Regions Fund has secured $20,000 towards the project aslo.
With only a small amount to go, to reach our target of $46,000 we would like your help to fundraise for the outstanding amount. All contributions are equally welcome and form a valuable part of our fundraising efforts - every cent really does count!
We want the numbat to be life-like and large! It will be:
- made of durable fibreglass
- of natural colouring and gel coated
- 3 metres long and 1 metre high
- 200kg in weight
- built and reinforced to Australian playground standards, so you can play on it!
More information about the playground plans can be viewed in the pdf download below, or head to the Project Numbat website for further details: Williams Community Numbat
Project Numbat's mission is all about community awareness and involvement in the conservation of the Numbat - the Western Australian mammal emblem. We're a not-for-profit group of dedicated volunteers working to protect Numbats and their habitat. The Numbat remains under threat from habitat loss and introduced predators such as foxes and feral cats. With an estimated population of less than 1,000 individuals, we really need your help to protect the future of this unique marsupial.