Wildlife carer Sally Jacka checks out a possum nest box.
Wildlife carer Sally Jacka checks out a possum nest box. Blainey Woodham

Possum prompts workshop

TWEED residents have the opportunity to learn how to make wildlife nest boxes thanks to one pesky possum.

A furry critter recently found its way into the council’s Coolamon Centre, where it made itself at home.

Enter Sally Jacka.

The natural resource management project officer and wildlife carer had the pleasure of retrieving the mammal on two occasions.

“It’s what prompted the workshop, apart from the fact that council gets a lot of inquiries,” Ms Jacka said.

“The first time I managed to trap him and release him outside. We had the hole fixed, but he found another way in.

“The second time there was a bit of a chase around the art room where masks and lanterns and all kinds of things are kept and he eventually got his head caught in a mop bucket.”

But this was not capture for this evasive possum, who later found his way out of his box to scurry around the room once again.

The possum was taken into care for a few days before being released on-site with his own nest box.

“Research has shown that nearly 100% of relocated possums die within days of their release,” Ms Jacka said.

Tweed residents interested in creating wild- life habitats are encouraged to attend the Nest Boxes for Wildlife workshop on April 9.

To book phone 02 6670 2199 or email csotweed@tweed.nsw.gov.au



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