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Where the Wild Things Are

06 Oct 2008

Whittlesea residents have the opportunity to study and survey their local wildlife throughout October and November.

In the first of a series of training courses run by NMIT and the City of Whittlesea, the course will see accredited training in conservation and land management.

Whittlesea Mayor, Councillor Elizabeth Nealy said the training will improve the ability of landowners, volunteers and residents to care for our unique environment.

“People who are working hard to manage weeds and improve biodiversity will benefit from having access to relevant, quality training to support their efforts,” Cr Nealy said.

The training is delivered across various locations around the municipality.

“Not only will participants receive high quality training but they are studying in the very environments that ultimately benefit from their learning.

Council value people in the community having accredited skills that they can contribute to their local environment and will be subsidising the training for local residents,” Cr Nealy said.

NMIT has delivered conservation and land management training for over 15 years.

Head of Department for Agriculture and Animal Science, Phil Tripp said the training is part of a series of tailored and engaging short courses aimed at delivering enhanced conservation and land management skills.

'This course is a great way to introduce people to their natural environment and the animals that live here. Many people are fascinated by the small marsupials, bats, night birds and other wildlife that they see for the first time,” Phil said.

The course starts on Wednesday October 29 from 6-9pm and will run over six sessions plus a weekend overnight survey camp.

Course modules contribute to the national Certificate II in Conservation and Land Management.

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