Become a platypus spotter

By John Lewis

A major study is now being launched to monitor platypus in Goulburn Broken Catchment rivers, and local residents can play a key role in keeping track of the iconic Australian creatures.

Experts from the Australian Platypus Conservancy will present free talks about platypus at selected Goulburn Valley towns in early September with the aim of recruiting and training interested people on how to monitor their local platypus populations.

The free government-funded sessions will take place at the following towns and times:

Nagambie: 6pm on Wednesday, September 4 (talk); monitoring training at 7am Thursday, September 5.

Murchison: 6pm on Thursday, September 5 (talk); monitoring training at 7am Friday, September 6.

Shepparton: 6pm on Friday, September 6 (talk); monitoring training at 7am Saturday, September 7.

Nathalia: 3pm on Saturday, September 7 (talk); followed by monitoring training.

Locations are at the CFA sheds in Murchison and Nagambie; at Nathalia's Heritage Centre; and at the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority office in Welsford St, Shepparton.

To confirm, phone Andrea Muskee at GBCMA on 58227707 by 5pm on Monday, September 2.