NWC – NSW Wildlife Council

Vale Helen George
Those who knew Helen and those who only knew her by reputation will be saddened to learn of her recent death. Helen passed away at home, on 14 December 2017 from a massive heart attack.
For close to half a century Helen was an icon in the wildlife community, reputed to be the first person to successfully raise an orphaned grey-headed flying fox to maturity. For many years she was NSW’s pre-eminent wildlife educator and in much demand by groups across the State and beyond.
Helen was one of the people who contributed to the forming of the Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service (WIRES). In 1987 she was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her services to conservation, principally for her work on the plight of the grey-headed flying fox.
In 2010 the Australian Wildlife Society awarded Helen the Serventy Conservation Medal.
Many older wildlife carers attribute their passion and expertise to Helen’s mentoring and support.
Heartfelt condolences to John, their children and grandchildren; our thoughts are with them at this sad time.
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