Meet a bilby at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve

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Wednesday 9 November 2005  Meet a bilby at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve

Meet one of Australia's living treasures at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve this month.

One of our national icons - the bilby, will be on display on Saturday November 26 as part of an awareness campaign for the Save the Bilby Fund.

Bilbies, with their long noses and huge ears, have warmed their way into the hearts of Australians, after becoming a national symbol of Easter, in place of the globally renowned Easter bunny.

A member of the bandicoot family, these cute creatures were once common throughout 70 per cent of Australia. Since European settlement bilby numbers have dwindled and they are now only found in pockets of Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory. The Queensland population is estimated at about 700 and the bilby is listed as endangered in this state.

Frank Manthey, from Save the Bilby Fund, has successfully raised the public profile and awareness of the bilby and other threatened marsupials and his efforts this year led to the launch of National Bilby Day on the second Sunday of each September. More information can be found on the bilby website at

The bilbies will be on display at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve on Saturday November 26 at 10.30am. Frank will be on hand to talk about these rare creatures and show them off. A $4 charge per person will go to the Save the Bilby Fund. Children under 12 are free.

For more information on this free service, contact Council's Customer Service Centre on 1300 650 112 (local calls only) or 5420 8200 (mobiles and outside local call area).

Contact Caloundra City Council on:
Phone 1300 650 112 (local), (07) 5420 8200 (outside the Sunshine Coast) or +61 7 5420 8200 (international)
Post: PO Box 117 Caloundra 4551 Qld Australia
In person: Omrah Ave, Caloundra, Qld, Australia


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