Bilbies move out of home

CHARLEVILLE'S bilbies are all grown up and they're moving out of home.

At the moment they're living in with the Department of National Parks, as they have been for over 10 years. But space is limited, putting strain on the staff and volunteers.

Now the little animals have grown up into new digs.

The Save The Bilby Fund have announced they are moving into a section of the Charleville railway station.

Frank Manthey, the founder of the fund, said it will be a huge shift for the fund.

"The bilby show will be now done from the Charleville railway," Mr Manthey said.

"The advantage is that you're right in the centre of town, you're straight across the road from the motel and caravan park."

They currently use the conference room at National Parks offices for most bilby shows, which is quite out of the way and out of sight.

"In their conference room, you can only fit 30 people at a time," he said.

"Staff have to run 2-3 shows to get them all through.

"[The railway station's parcel room] is big enough to take 100."

Queensland Rail will retain most of the building. Just a small section on the western side of the building will be given over to bilbies.

And the fund has all sorts of plans for the new space; interactive exhibits, touch screens and shows over the internet.

Project officer Alys Haines said it is going to mean a lot for the town.

"It will mean that it's more accessible to the public, more central and more people will be able to participate in the bilby experience," she said.

"We'll be able to put on a lot more new and interesting shows. They're going to invest a lot into it."

Mr Manthey has dreams of webinars, streaming Charleville bilbies live all around the world.

"I believe in schools," he said.

"We've had three schools in London come live online to Dreamworld.

"And this can go into America and France.

"And I'm trying to get that to Charleville.

"In the distant future the fund's got a wonderful education program.

 

"With technology we can do that today."


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