Momentum is building for the construction of an underground tunnel that could help save the endangered southern brown bandicoot.
The southern brown bandicoot is an endangered marsupial living in southern parts of Australia. The proposed tunnel would cross underneath Upper Sturt Road to connect bandicoot populations in Belair National Park and Mark Oliphant Conservation Park, thereby facilitating breeding.
The idea for this bandicoot superhighway follows published research led by You Li and Dr Jasmin Packer who uncovered the need for genetic diversity amongst bandicoots to maintain their population.
Various industries partners, state and local Government as well as the Sturt Upper Reaches Landcare Group Inc. have been instrumental in supporting the idea for a tunnel. The proposal has been featured in the Advertiser and ABC news.