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Meet Brian and Betty Bettong!

HerCanberra Team

After 100 years, Bettongs have moved back home to Canberra.

Minister Shane Rattenbury has this morning launched the Bettong Bungalow campaign to raise money to build a bigger and better home for the Bettongs and other species at Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary.

“The Bettong Bungalow campaign is aiming to raise $600,000 through corporate and individual donations to help fund an expansion of the predator–proof fence at the Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary, where the species has been successfully reintroduced into the ACT. In the Sanctuary Bettongs are not threatened by introduced predators such as foxes.” Mr Rattenbury said.

“For nearly 100 years, Bettongs have been extinct from mainland Australia until being reintroduced to the ACT from Tasmania in 2011-12 as part of a joint project run by the Australian National University, CSIRO, the Tasmanian Government, the Woodlands and Wetlands Trust, and the ACT Government.

Led by Brian and Betty Bettong, the Bettongs will embark on a series of “adventures” to try and raise the necessary funds to build their new home. Brian will be applying for jobs across Australia as well as trying out for reality TV shows and busking on the street.

“We are hoping that Brian and Betty’s campaign will generate publicity to encourage the community to become involved by donating to help build the expanded fence. Depending on how their job hunting goes, Brian and Betty, may look to social enterprises to fund their expansion dreams” said Ms Alison Russell-French, Chair of the Woodlands and Wetlands Trust.

“This exciting initiative is the first major activity undertaken by the Woodlands and Wetlands Trust and has offered the opportunity to launch a new look for the Trust. The Trust is an exciting and innovative partnership between government, the business sector and the community for restoration and reinvigoration of the Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary and the Jerrabomberra Wetlands Nature Reserve.

“Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary in now the only place in the world outside Tasmania where the Bettong can be found in its natural habitat. At last count, there were over 200 bettongs at Mulligans Flat, a great start to repopulating the mainland.”

You can follow Brian and Betty’s story at bettongbungalow.org

Members of the community and corporate sponsors can get more information, or donate by visiting bettongbungalow.org

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