Oddball, a family movie, tells the quirky story of how Swampy Marsh convinces the local council to allow his Maremma Sheepdog, Oddball, to protect a local colony of Little Penguins from foxes and cats. It might sound a little far-fetched, but as many of you will know, this idea is currently being used successfully on Middle Island at Warrnambool.
After Maremmas were placed on Middle Island in the summer of 2005/2006 to protect the Little Penguins, Warrnambool Coastcare Landcare Group (WCLG) initiated the Middle Island Little Penguin Monitoring project – a project that NGT is proud to say we’ve now also been a part of for the last three years, by providing volunteer co-ordination support to the WCLG. With the movie due for national release on Thursday 17 September, NGT is hosting a premiere fundraising screening for the whole family, on Wednesday 16 September at the Oatmill Cinema, Mount Gambier. You can view the trailer at http://www.warrnamboolpenguins.com.au/.
Starting at 6pm, the evening will begin with nibbles and a brief introduction to the local Little Penguin population and the Little Penguin Monitoring program, followed by the screening of Oddball. All tickets are $10, available from the Oatmill Cinema or Nature Glenelg Trust. All proceeds will go towards providing volunteer support for the continuation of the Middle Island Little Penguin Monitoring program.
Education sessions and school screens are also being held for Primary School groups in the last week of term three.