Hello possums, would you like a new home from the Men's Shed?

Possum homes: (from left) Glenn Crane, Hans Schurch, Heather Stolle and the late Jimmy Duggan with boxes made at St George Men's Shed.
Possum homes: (from left) Glenn Crane, Hans Schurch, Heather Stolle and the late Jimmy Duggan with boxes made at St George Men's Shed.

THE men of the St George Men's Shed in Penshurst recently had a special project.

They built 10 specially-crafted possum boxes to help out Hurstville Bushcare — and possums, of course.

Hurstville mayor Jack Jacovou said the use of possum boxes helped support local possum populations in their natural environment.

"Local possum populations are sadly on the decline throughout NSW, due to loss of habitat and tree hollows, so these boxes will help give possums a home," Cr Jacovou said.

He said St George Men's Shed and Hurstville Bushcare were helping to make a real difference locally.

"This project is most positive and will help to further protect local possum colonies in the greater St George region," he said.

Hurstville residents who live close to bushland can borrow the boxes, which are suitable for both ringtail and brushtail possums.

For more information about the possum box initiative you can contact the council's bushcare officer, Heather Stolle, on 9330 6222.