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Wombat Enclosure Report

Date Granted: 29 August 2016

Grant Number: 4

Grant Recipient: Philip and Belinda Donovan

Project Description: Wombat Enclosure Facility

First 3 monthly – PROGRESS REPORT:

When the grant application was submitted in July 2016, three of the proposed six wombat enclosures had been completed to the point they could safely enclose wombats in care. Since the application was submitted, we have hired the services of an excavator to dig trenching along the perimeter fence of the remainder of the entire area enclosing the six individual wombat enclosures. This involved six and half hours of excavation work that was carried out by local excavating contractor: Turtle Earthworks at a rate of $80: per hour bringing the cost of excavation hire to a total of $520.00 (Receipt attached)

This subsequently enabled the vertical extension of the fence down until a layer of shale rock was encountered at a depth of approximately 1 metre encountered consistently around the entire remainder of the perimeter fence. This involved fixing sheets of iron onto the lower horizontal beam of the existing perimeter fence and down into the excavated trench. Starting at one end, the sheets were sequentially laid and secured to the lower wooden horizontal beams. A pre-existing double gate entrance was decreased to half its original size and the original other half was converted into an extension of the fixed fencing which also extended vertically into the ground.

Many hours of labour were involved in securing the iron sheets to the fence and even more to transfer the excavated clay back into the excavated trench. This aspect of the task is only half completed so far, but once the area was deemed escape proof and safe, the four wombats previously housed in the nursery were successfully transferred into the new larger enclosure. In due course, this larger enclosure will be divided into the final 3 to complete the six enclosures.

As the new year progresses, I will need to purchase ongoing timber, fixings and further excavation hire to complete the task.

Rest assured the grant is very much appreciated and I can guarantee it will be spent wisely in the 2017 year to complete this wombat facility. I hope you are satisfied that the grant is being will spent as it will contribute to this much-needed facility as we continue to rehabilitate and care for more of our injured and orphaned wombats.

Yours Sincerely

Phil and Belinda Donovan

Kangaroo cull unlawful

The kangaroo cull in Canberra last year was unlawful, an ACT Supreme Court Justice says.

Earlier this year Chris Klootwijk, 71, was found guilty in the ACT Magistrates Court of disrupting a kangaroo cull in Wanniassa last July after he blew a whistle and yelled while officials were shooting.

He pleaded not guilty and during his hearing it was revealed the licence for the cull had been invalid.

On Thursday, Justice Michael Elkaim overturned the conviction saying if the licence was not valid, “it must follow that the cull itself was not lawful”.

Justice Elkaim said Mr Klootwijk could not be unlawfully hindering the cull if the cull itself was unlawful.

Read the full article at http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-07-21/canberra-kangaroo-cull-in-2015-was-unlawful-justice-says/7648890

‘Unsafe levels’ of biodiversity.

Global map reveals ‘unsafe levels’ of biodiversity across 58pc of Earth’s surface

Biodiversity has dropped below the “safe limit” across 58 per cent of the Earth’s surface, according to the most comprehensive analysis of global data to date.

Key points

  • Planet’s “safe limits” exceeded if less than 90 per cent abundance of original species or 80 per cent of those species is retained
  • Analysis found average local abundance of species across the world was 84.6 per cent
  • Other experts say study is a warning but more work needed to clarify


After the east coast low

After our east coast low we have had a few emails from our groups about what has happened in NSW.




I have 4 stir crazy joeys indoors….you can see how this one is suffering!
Outdoors, after 206mm rain we have rivers where usually no rivers flow….our district is well adapted to high rainfall so no problems on our part of the Mid North Coast.








Hunter Koala Preservation Society

Hunter Koala Preservation Society

From Hunter Koala Preservation Society

We did get a casualty from the storm, but thankfully there was no koala at home.

2014 Grant Winners

The winners of the NWC 2014 rehabilitation grants have been announced. The winners are:

  1. Dr Rosemary Austen – Wildcare Queanbeyan
  2. Bev Marsh – Native Animal Trust Fund
  3. Mandi Griffiths – Sydney Metropolitan Wildlife Services
  4. Judith Hopper – Native Animal Trust Fund
  5. Lyn Obern – Wildlife Rescue South Coast

Full details can be found below


2015 Grant Winners

The winners of the NWC 2015 rehabilitation grants have been announced. The winners are:

  1. Wendy Attrill – Northern Rivers Wildlife Carers
  2. Lou & Marie Gardner – Native Animal Rescue Group
  3. Anne Williams – Native Animal Trust Fund
  4. Kelly Wall – Wildlife Rescue South Coast
  5. Vanessa Place – Wildlife Rescue South Coast

Full details can be found below


Search for animal bushfire survivors

Hunter Wildlife rescue groups have taken to scene of the recent Williamtown bushfire to search for any survivors.

They say native animals are particularly vulnerable in the warmer months, with many nursing young ones.

See the whole story at the NBN News Website