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Published on 04 October 2017
Diamond Creek is home to platypus and they continue to need our help! Surveys over the past two years have shown large amounts of litter are making their way in to the creek causing problems for the creatures that live there. Platypus get caught and tangled in litter in the creek.
It is encouraging to see platypus in Diamond Creek as they are an indicator of healthy waterways. The creek has in the past seen high levels of platypus entanglement.
Nillumbik Shire Mayor Cr Peter Clarke said litter and illegally dumped rubbish are common issues in Nillumbik.
“Many of our townships are next to waterways with known populations of platypus and other wildlife to which litter is a key threat,” Cr Clarke said.
“Alarmingly, Nillumbik has one of the highest rate of platypus litter entanglements in Melbourne along the Diamond Creek. It is fantastic to see platypus returning to Diamond Creek but we need to continue to reduce the amount of litter going down drains and into our waterways.”
Everyone can help by putting their rubbish in the bin and by reporting illegal dumping, litter thrown from or near a vehicle or other pollution of the environment to the 24-hour EPA pollution hotline 1300 372 842 or contact the Shire on 9433 3111.
The best time to spot platypus is around dawn and dusk during autumn and spring, but you may observe them at any time if you are lucky.