Native Grass Tubestock Donated To Barossa Wildlife Rescue

Barossa Council

A new kangaroo sanctuary being developed by Barossa Wildlife Rescue is only a hop, skip and a jump away thanks to a donation by Barossa Bushgardens.

The Bushgardens is donating 100 tubestock of native grasses to help revegetate the 2.4 acre sanctuary at Yaldara Road, Lyndoch.

Mayor Bim Lange said Council was thrilled to support the work of Barossa Wildlife Rescue and its founder Rose Brooks, who was named Council’s 2022 Active Citizen of the Year.

We know Rose and her team of volunteers do such a wonderful job caring for orphaned and injured wildlife, so contributing to this revegetation project is one way we can support these valuable volunteers,

– Mayor Bim Lange

Wildlife carer Sheree Venter said 10-month-old orphaned red kangaroo Poppy, or Miss Popps, is one of six joeys that will flourish in their new environment.

“Poppy will stay with me until she’s big enough and confident enough to go to the sanctuary in Lyndoch that we’re building,” Sheree said.

“I know they’ll love hiding under bushes and snoozing in the shade and having a nibble of trees!”

The tubestocks have been propagated in the Bushgardens nursery and are a mix of Wallaby Grass and Spear Grass, which will spread native grass seed around the area to germinate naturally.

Propagation has been undertaken by participants in the Nature and Natter program, which is facilitated by the Bushgardens and Council in conjunction with Carers and Disability Links (CADL) for people living with dementia.

The program runs every Monday and Council’s Senior Environment Officer Kim Thompson says it’s a great example of community partnerships in action.

“It provides the clients with a meaningful task that contributes to our community and has greater environmental benefits,” Kim said.

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