Audio and video interview with Joanne Antrobus by Liza Dale-Hallett and Tillie Stephens at Parks Victoria offices, Woori Yallock on 3 August 2009. Joanne Antrobus is employed by Parks Victoria as the Fire Recovery Project Officer and is actively involved in developing strategies to protect and rehabilitate the endangered population of Leadbeater's Possum.

This interview forms part of the Victorian Bushfires Collection.

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This interview covers Jo's role on Black Saturday; the Leadbeater's Possum National Recovery Program; the role of the Friends of Leadbeater's Possum; the 1939 Black Friday bushfire and its role in creating hollow trees for the Leadbeater's; the prelude to Black Saturday; her role in 'natural values in fire recovery' and the establishment of nesting boxes and feeding stations following Black Saturday; the history of the Leadbeater's; surveying of Leadbeater's population following Black Saturday and the media response to the threat of extinction of Victoria's state faunal emblem.


This interview describes the role of Joanne Antrobus (Parks Victoria) and volunteers in protecting and rehabilitating the Leadbeater's Possum population, the impact of bushfire, and the strategies undertaken following Black Saturday to rebuild this population.

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