SIR David Attenborough has weighed-in on the Victorian election, calling for a new national park to ensure the survival of a local possum.
Sir David has joined with 30 conservation groups to highlight the plight of the endangered Leadbeater’s Possum, which is also Victoria’s faunal emblem.
He says maintaining the ecological system at the Great Forest National Park is the only way to protect the little creatures and keep them around for future generations.
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The park would protect a further 355,000 hectares and encompass several existing national parks and reserves in the forested region north-east of Melbourne.
The Australian Conservation Foundation, Victorian National Park Association and the Royal Society of Victoria are among supporters.
Major political parties are being urged to signal their support for the new park ahead of the November 29 state election.