Coffs Harbour Men’s Shed and WIRES join forces to help the environment

WIRES Mid North Coast volunteers Sarah Kemeny-Packwood (left) and Lara Reading (right) gratefully accept the much needed possum boxes from Coffs Harbour Men’s Shed members Peter Jackson, Ib Mortinson, David Churchyard, Ken Ryan and Brian Franklin. Photo: supplied.

IN a yet another display of community spirit and environmental stewardship, the Coffs Harbour Men’s Shed has undertaken a remarkable initiative by constructing several possum boxes to aid WIRES MNC (Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service Inc Mid North Coast) in their mission to support and protect local wildlife.

WIRES, a volunteer organisation dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating native animals, often relies on the generosity and ingenuity of local communities to provide essential resources for their work.

The recent efforts of the Coffs Harbour Men’s Shed highlight the power of collaboration and community engagement in preserving Australia’s unique biodiversity.

Possums, known for their nocturnal habits and tree-dwelling lifestyles, face various challenges in urban environments.

Loss of habitat, increasing urbanisation, and other human-related factors can disrupt their natural habitats.

Possum boxes serve as homes, providing a safe and secure environment for possums to nest and raise their young.
The Men’s Shed, a community-based organisation that fosters social connections and skill-sharing among men, decided to channel their talents into a project with a positive impact on the local ecosystem.

Armed with woodworking skills and a commitment to conservation, members of the Men’s Shed crafted a significant number of possum boxes designed to meet the specific needs of these marsupials.

Mr Chris Hansen, President of the Coffs Harbour Men’s Shed, told News Of The Area, “Once WIRES MNC advised us of the need, we saw an opportunity to contribute to the welfare of our local wildlife, and the response from our members was great.

“The possum boxes were crafted with care and precision as there are some nuances required for each particular species and we’re delighted to know that they will provide much-needed homes for possums in the area.”

Last week the possum boxes were handed over to some very grateful WIRES MNC representatives at the Coffs Harbour Men’s Shed.

“The production of these possum boxes is very timely as it will help greatly with an upcoming release program we are preparing for,” added WIRES MNC Possum Coordinator Sarah Kemeny-Packwood.

The collaboration between these two community organisations exemplifies the positive impact that local initiatives can have on the environment.

As communities continue to come together to address environmental challenges, the efforts of groups like the Coffs Harbour Men’s Shed serve as a reminder of the potential for positive change at the grassroots level.


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