Noosaville's Little Lambs are grateful to the Sunshine Butterflies for their new animal treats.
Noosaville's Little Lambs are grateful to the Sunshine Butterflies for their new animal treats.

Well possums, isn’t this just a nice ‘fix’?

Last year Sunshine Butterflies sizzled through heat and fearsome flames at its Cooroibah base to survive and thrive.

That was COVID-19 gave the much-loved disability support service a trying time.

Now the Sunshine Butterflies disability support service members are back at their rural escape thanks to some enormous local goodwill and are busy whittling away at giving back.

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Their Chippies Corner program has been working on "something special" … creating professionally finished bird feeders and possum boxes to donate to the wider community.

"Its been inspiring watching our Chippies Corner program dedicate their time to producing these possum boxes, using all the correct procedures, timber and non-toxic materials," said program support mentor Jim Schaefer.

"Due to our sudden closure this year during the global health crisis, we had to pause production of all possum boxes and bird feeders.

"Our members were very excited when we resumed our Chippies Corner program and were approached by Little Lambs to donate to their wonderful preschool program," he said.

This initiative started after the bushfires burnt very closely to the property, threatening their facilities, wildlife and many wonderful therapy animals.

So the Chippies group wanted to create a secure environment during extreme weather conditions, likely to swing back around this summer, for the abundance of critters who visit their idyllic property.

Possums boxes are helping give back to the community at Sunshine Butterflies.
Possums boxes are helping give back to the community at Sunshine Butterflies.

A like-minded Little Lambs Early Learning Centre saw a social media post earlier this year about these handcrafted possum boxes and bird feeders and thought they were a nice fit for the Noosaville centre's sustainable garden and playground.

Little Lambs kids tend to their worm farm, compost bin, vegetable patches and a native stingless beehive, while Sunshine Butterflies is home to lush greenery, herb gardens, vegetable patches and fruit trees with products being regularly harvested for their 'Farmyard Cooking School' program.

"Community involvement is so important to us, as well as supporting businesses and their ventures," Little Lamb's Cristina McRitchie said.

"Our involvement with Sunshine Butterflies helps strengthen how we teach the children, to interact with others using care, kindness, empathy and respect," she said.

She said these local collaborations help strengthen the community and send "waves of kindness to those involved".

"Its been a trying year for us all and it would be great to move forward with joy in our hearts," Ms McRitchie

Little Lambs and Sunshine Butterflies are also both celebrating their 10th birthdays this year.


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