PROJECT Numbat, in celebration of World Numbat Day, will be holding a special screening of the film Oddball on November 4 at the picturesque Kookaburra outdoor cinema in Mundaring.
In what is shaping up to be a fun family night, Kookaburra cinema owner Peter Foyster will open a week early to accommodate the not-for-profit group’s awareness and fundraising evening.
The conservation organization’s volunteers have raised in excess of $80,000 over the last 10 years towards numbat research, the provision of radio tracking collars and aerial tracking / survey flights.
These flights are essential to keeping tabs on numbats as they can travel long distances in a very short time according to Tamara Wilkes-Jones, the president of Project Numbat.
“Up to 20 years ago numbats could still be found in the Perth Hills area but their range is now severely restricted due to habitat loss and the predatory activities of feral animals,” she said.
“At schools where we have been invited to give presentations children and teachers are usually aware of numbats and their now precarious existence but sadly though there are many other children who don’t even know what a numbat is.”
Project Numbat’s initiatives help play an important role in the struggle to prevent the extinction of the marsupial and the work the organization does to raise awareness about numbats will be highlighted with a video of their endeavours to be shown prior to the film.
Childrens activities such as colouring in and making numbat face masks along with story telling will be available on the night and the organization will also be selling raffles tickets.
First prize in the raffle is a family pass to Perth Zoo while season passes to Scitech and Kookaburra Cinema are also up for grabs.
Mr Foyster said he was happy to be aiding Project Numbat in their bid to raise awareness about Western Australia’s endangered state emblem.
“When Tamara contacted us with the idea I thought it was a way that we could make a contribution to help raise community awareness about the species plight,” he said.
“I took over the operation two years ago and a fun family orientated night like this is a great way to kick off our new season.”
The former public servant will also be donating a percentage of the night’s takings to Project Numbat.
Oddball was chosen by Project Numbat due to the correlation between foxes attacking numbats and effect it has on their population.
The 2015 Australian film features Shane Jacobson as an eccentric chicken farmer who trains his dog Oddball, with the assistance of his granddaughter, to help protect a local penguin sanctuary from fox attacks as he attempts to reunite his family and save their seaside town.
By Andrew Carter