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Wombat Code of Practice

News Flash – the Office of Environment and Heritage has approved the Wombat Code of Practice 2015

The Code has been produced by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS). 

An initial draft of the Code was prepared by the NSW Wildlife Council and has been further developed in cooperation with member groups and observers from the International Fund for Animal Welfare, the Wombat Protection Society, NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service and veterinary specialists at Taronga Zoo

The Lyme disease debate

A national study led by a Perth-based researcher could be one step closer to ending the Lyme disease debate in Australia for good.

Lyme disease is caused by a bacterium – borrelia burgdoferi – passed on by ticks.

Prevalent in the United States and parts of Europe, it causes symptoms such as fatigue, muscle pain and various neurological symptoms.

The Government and the Australian Medical Association (AMA) have not recognised the existence of Lyme disease in Australia.

Read more information here at the ABC website http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-10-17/study-could-end-lyme-disease-debate-in-australia/6860688 

Join the 2015 Koala Count

Help count koalas for conservation – join the 2015 national Koala Count!

The Koala Count is an innovative citizen science survey conducted annually by the National Parks Association of NSW (NPA) that anyone can take part in! This year, the national survey will run from 7-22 November. By participating in this count, you help to build a more comprehensive picture of koala numbers and locations across Australia. The survey is repeated each year over the same period to show trends in koala populations, movement and habitat use over time. (more…)

Threatened Species Day

Despite the efforts of so many passionate conservationists, national Threatened Species Day (September 7) passes unnoticed by many Australians, although recent surveys show that Australians are more concerned than ever about our impact on the environment. Each year on Threatened Species Day, the BRINK initiative brings together an alliance of respected conservation organisations to speak with one voice on the importance of decisive action to conserve Australia’s threatened species. Last year around 30 conservation organisations with over two hundred thousand supporters participated in the Brink .
In an effort to raise the profile of all threatened species, we focus on one flagship species each year.

This year, the focus is on the critically endangered Northern Hairy Nosed Wombat.

In an effort to raise the profile of all threatened species, The Brink focuses on one flagship species each year. This year, the focus is on the critically endangered Northern Hairy Nosed Wombat.

In an effort to raise the profile of all threatened species, The Brink focuses on one flagship species each year. This year, the focus is on the critically endangered Northern Hairy Nosed Wombat.


The Northern hairy-nosed wombat (NHW) is the largest of the three wombat species weighing up to 40Kg. They were once widespread, across eastern Australia, but today, they are found in only two locations: Epping Forest National Park in Central Queensland and in the Richard Underwood Nature Refuge near St George, Queensland. For more information, see the Wombat Foundation website.

The most effective thing we can do to help the Northern Hairy-nosed wombat is to contact the Australian and Queensland Environment ministers, let them know about our concern, and ask them to help in ways that support the latest recovery plan for the Northern Hairy-nosed wombat. See The Brinks website for a letter guide and also other ways that you might be able to help the Northern Hairy Nosed Wombat.

New species of glider found

Researchers in the Northern Territory believe they have found a new marsupial species, and the process of identifying it could take them all the way to the British Museum.

The undescribed species of glider was first captured for analysis in the Northern Territory by researchers at Charles Darwin University, and is an animal Australia knows little about.

“We made our first sighting in Kakadu in October 2013,” said Professor Sue Carthew, lead researcher on the Northern Glider Project.

“It used to be thought sugar gliders occurred across the Top End, all along the Eastern Seaboard and New Guinea. But we have genotyped gliders from a whole range of areas and found that the northern Australian gliders are quite different.”

Gliders have been known to exist in the Northern Territory since the 1800s, but few studies have ever been conducted on the furry creatures, making Professor Carthew’s study the first of its kind.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/environment/conservation/new-species-of-glider-discovered-in-the-northern-territory-20150812-gixnym.html

Volunteering Australia Announces New Definition for Volunteering

Since late 2013 Volunteering Australia has been challenging the concept of ‘what constitutes volunteering in contemporary Australia?’

The new definition follows a review that included the release of an issues paper, national stakeholder information sessions and an online survey to gauge community views. The result is a broader and more inclusive definition that reflects the diversity of volunteering activities undertaken nationally.

The new definition states that ‘volunteering’ is time willingly given for the common good without financial gain. The definition is accompanied by a set of explanatory notes providing clarity on what is in and what is out.

‘We know that the role of volunteers has changed drastically; our previous definition did not reflect this. For volunteer involving organisations the new definition will assist in workforce planning and bring clarity around what volunteers can do. For volunteers it will allow better support of the work they do.

Above all things, the new definition will ensure a common understanding of what volunteering is, ultimately supporting the integrity of the work they do,’ said Brett Williamson, OAM, CEO of Volunteering Australia.

To view the information on the new definition and explanatory notes visit the Volunteering Australia website