12 December 2016

Civic sports garage sale for mini-roos today

| Charlotte
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Bettong bounce

Looking for second hand sports gear? Or a cheap way to entertain the kids on the second last weekday of the school holidays? Like to help save a cute rabbit-sized mini-roo called a bettong in the process? The launch event for this year’s Garage Sale Trail in Civic Square is the place to be between noon and 2pm today.

ACT sports communities, The Green Shed and Members of the Legislative Assembly have donated a range of gear for the sports garage sale such as signed sports jerseys, caps and balls. There will also be a selection of general pre-loved furniture, trinkets and homewares.

The Canberra Capitals’ Stephanie Talbot will be there along with the host for the event, Greens MLA and ACT Minister for Sports and Recreation Shane Rattenbury.

The Men’s Shed is running a sausage sizzle for attendees, so bring a couple of gold coins and lunch is sorted.

All funds raised from the garage sale will support Bettong Bungalow, a campaign to build a safe home for bettongs recently resettled in the Mulligan’s Flat Nature Reserve with the help of the Capital Woodlands and Wetlands Trust. The bettong is a native marsupial which was once extinct in mainland Australia. It’s a woodland-dwelling, rabbit-sized kangaroo that carries nesting material with its tail.

If you’d like to catch a glimpse of a bettong (or a curlew or quoll) yourself, you can book a twilight walking tour of Mulligans Flat, which is a few minutes walk from suburban Forde in Gungahlin, via www.bettongs.org.


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