• PlatypusWatch members Emily Vincent (left) and Rosalinde Brinkman.
    PlatypusWatch members Emily Vincent (left) and Rosalinde Brinkman.

With the confirmation that platypus live in the upper reaches of the Albert River in Southeast Qld, the Logan City Council and the Gold Coast Catchment Association (GCCA) have increased their PlatypusWatch survey.

The public is being encouraged to help out in the survey and a free PlatypusWatch workshop will be held at Beenleigh Library, Crete Street, on Saturday August 10, (9am-10.30am) ahead of the next Albert River PlatypusWatch survey on Sunday, September 15 (5am-9am).

Environmental DNA (eDNA) technology was used to confirm the presence of the monotremes after a member of the public reported seeing a platypus in the Albert River in 2017.

In March City Parks, Animals, Environment and Waste Chairperson Councillor Jennie Breene said Logan City Council had collaborated with the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland to conduct platypus research in the Albert River and its tributaries, with a particular focus on the Cedar Creek, Wolffdene and Bannockburn reaches.

“DNA sampling was taken at 14 different sites during last year’s breeding season and seven of those sites returned data that confirms the presence of platypus,” Cr Breene said.

“This is wonderful news for the future of the river’s platypus population and a great indicator of the improving health of our environment.”

Cr Breene said researchers collected data that scientifically confirmed that platypus are living in three stretches of the river – two sites at Wolffdene and another at Cedar Creek.

Samples at four other sites – two at Wolffdene, one at Cedar Creek and another at Tamborine – contained small amounts of platypus DNA.

For more info on PlatypusWatch click here.

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