The Yarra River is a local hotspot for platypus and the platypus mural is Warburton’s unique way to raise awareness about the importance of keeping our local waterways healthy and litter-free.
The mural is located on a wall which runs along the Yarra River track in Warburton on the walking track between the Sports Ground and the Brisbane Bridge.
Local artist Jimmy Beattie painted the mural in June 2017, which measures 20 metres in length and 3.5 metres wide. It is painted using acrylics with an emphasis on blending the colours with the surrounding setting.
Sighting a platypus in the Yarra River is a rare privilege and anything that can be done to keep the waterways healthy only adds to the preservation of their natural habitat.
The project is part of the Communities for Platypus program which is funded by the Victoria State Government’s Litter Hotspot Program and hosted by Yarra Ranges Council.
Spotted a platypus recently? Report your sighting on platypusSPOT and become a contributor to the ongoing conservation and research of this iconic Australian species.
Download the platypusSPOT App here.