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Sustainability and the Environment

Sustainability and the Environment

Harry Habitat

Harry Habitat is the mascot of the Parks Unit. His name was chosen by the community and Harry was launched in 2008 at the Dandenong Show.

Harry Habitat is a River Red Gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis). Red Gums are an important part of the landscape and across the municipality there are many magnificent old examples. Red gums are named for their deep red timber and provide habitat for native fauna as well as preserving Aboriginal cultural heritage.

For thousands of years Aboriginal people utilised Red Gums for a variety of purposes. Bark from the Red Gum was used for creating shelters, canoes and shields. Evidence of this is visible on what are known as Aboriginal Scar trees. They also hunted the animals, reptiles and birds that were found in the red gum woodlands such as Eastern Grey Kangaroos and possums.

Harry is very popular with children and adults alike. His aim is to raise awareness of the importance of protecting and enhancing the natural environment for the whole community.

Harry visits schools and attends many of Council's environmental events. He invites you and your family to take part and help preserve and protect our natural bushland areas.

If you would like to know more about Harry Habitat and our education program contact Council.

Harry habitat and animals colouring in page (PDF - 72KB)
Harry habitat and ranger colouring in page (PDF- 60KB)