New online reporting tool for spotting platypus and water rats

29 July 2015

Have you seen a platypus or water rat while walking along the banks of the Queanbeyan River? If you have, Queanbeyan City Council wants to know, and now you can report your sighting via a new online reporting tool.

Council and the Australian Platypus Conservancy will use the data collected to enhance conversation efforts within the Queanbeyan River catchment.

"Queanbeyan is a well-known hot spot for platypus and water rat activity and they can be found along the length of the Queanbeyan River and within close proximity of the CBD," Queanbeyan City Council's Manager Environment and Health Natasha Abbott said.

"Platypus and water rats are challenging animals to study in the wild, however the best time for spotting them is dawn and dusk.

"If you come across a platypus or water rat in the wild (either alive or dead), we encourage you to report it as the information is vital to our understanding of the status, distribution, and conservation needs of the species".

Residents can report sightings of platypus or water rats via Council's website here.