Council launches wildlife water stations in Kentlyn bushland

Installed: Campbelltown mayor George Brticevic holds the water station with (from left) council Bushcare officer Michael Ellison, councillor Karen Hunt, wildlife rescuer Ricardo Lonza and Beth Michir from the Kentlyn Bushcare Group. Picture: Chris Lane
Installed: Campbelltown mayor George Brticevic holds the water station with (from left) council Bushcare officer Michael Ellison, councillor Karen Hunt, wildlife rescuer Ricardo Lonza and Beth Michir from the Kentlyn Bushcare Group. Picture: Chris Lane

Wildlife enduring Macarthur's stifling summer heat can now enjoy a little respite with special water stations set to be installed across Campbelltown.

Bushcare volunteers and Campbelltown Council staff will install 10 wildlife water stations in strategic locations across the LGA.

The chosen locations will be no closer than 500 metres from an existing water source.

There will also be remote cameras set up to monitor which animals are utilising the water stations.

Campbelltown mayor George Brticevic said the stations were vital during the warmer weather.

"With further hot and dry conditions expected to return later this summer, it's important we help our local wildlife to cope with the conditions," he said.

"It's not just koalas who will use these drinking stations, it will help many of our wildlife."

Local wildlife rescuer Ricardo Lonza said many native animals would use the water stations.

"The water stations are really crucial," he said.

"Because of the drought, there's nearly no water in the bushland, so the wildlife have nowhere to drink.

"It's really good that Campbelltown Council is installing these water stations for the animals in need.

"They will be used by birds, koalas, all other animals that travel on the ground."

Mr Lonza said residents with properties near bushland could also play their part.

"They can set up a bowl with water on their property, but just make sure that there's something in the bowl so that the little critters don't get stuck and drown," he said.

"So some chicken wire, rocks or sticks will work well."

The council's water stations were designed with the help of Greater Sydney Local Land Services.

They consist of a 25-litre water drum connected by a clear hose to a specialised water trough with a float system that automatically tops up water.

The project will be rolled out as part of the council's Bushcare program, with dedicated volunteers assisting in maintenance and refilling of the stations.

Residents who wish to assist are also welcome to purchase ready-made small drinking stations which automatically top up. These devices are available at pet shops.

Mr Lonza encourages anyone who spots injured or heat-affected wildlife to call Sydney Wildlife (9413 4300) or message the Help Save the Wildlife and Bushlands in Campbelltown Facebook page.

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