"Achieving optimal outcomes for Australian wildlife"

Surveying Animal Advocates

The University of South Australia (UniSA) in a joint project between Apoorva Madan; Master of Psychology (Clinical) Student Researcher, Dr Phil Kavanagh; Research Supervisor and Dr Tania Signal; Research Supervisor are conducting a study on the Psychological effects of Compassion among Animal Advocates/Activists.

The aim of this study is to explore the psychological and emotional effects of compassion for animals and involvement in animal advocacy and/or activism. There is currently little awareness in Psychology surrounding the psychological impact that involvement in animal advocacy/activism may have on individuals. Understanding these effects may aid in increased awareness, research and potential future support development for the animal activist community, if appropriate. Your participation in this study will include providing basic demographic information, some information regarding your involvement in advocacy/activism, and providing responses to statements about your emotional experiences.

For more information and to participate in the survey please go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HR6VGXS

2015 Rehabilitator Grants

2015 Rehabilitator Grants Program brought forward by 3 months

The NSW Wildlife Council has brought forward its annual program of small grants to licensed rehabilitators by three months to avoid the busy spring season for rehabilitators and their Groups. This year’s Grants program offers five grants of up to $1,000 each for wildlife rehabilitation projects that will be assessed on the criteria of Need, Excellence and Value for money.

NARG 2013

Shirley Lack, NWC representative for Native Animal Rescue Group (NARG) presents Bill Waterhouse a $1000 cheque.

The applications are open now and must be completed and returned to NWC no later than 1st August, 2015. Applicants must have their projects “signed off” by their Group. Voting will take place on eligible applications at the Annual General Meeting to be held on Sunday 23rd August, 2015 and successful applicants will be advised by the end of August. They will need to accept the Grant terms within three weeks.

Full details of the Application process and the Application Form are included in the links.

We look forward to a successful Grants round for 2015 – any queries you may have about the Grants Program should be addressed to grants@nwc.org.au

Flying Foxes in heatwaves

Flying Foxes

With heat wave conditions affecting the Northern NSW area, and the likelihood it could affect any area, members of the public are reminded of some basic precautions if they come across flying-foxes affected by unusually high temperatures, or found alone, or caught in barbed wire or netting.

Never attempt to rescue any flying-fox yourself because of the slight possibility of the Australian bat lyssavirus (ABL) being transmitted to you. ABL can only be transmitted via the bat’s saliva into an open cut or direct into a human’s eyes, mouth or via mucous membranes.

Always call your local wildlife rescue group for a trained and vaccinated rescuer to help the animal. Your local group can be found on the Wildlife Rescue mobile phone App or on the website www.nwc.org.au.

From Bulahdelah to the top of the Kempsey Shire please call FAWNA’s 24 hour rescue line on 6581 4141.

If you are bitten or scratched always wash the area carefully and for a few minutes under running water and seek immediate medical attention. There is a vaccine available provided at no cost to you.

Gov Plan not the solution

Flying Foxes

Flying FoxesNSW government plan is not the solution for Bats and Flying-foxes

On the eve of the Minister for the Environment’s announcement of NSW’s New Flying Fox Management Strategy, the NWC’s Chair, Audrey Koosmen, urged the Government “to protect these environmentally-important but misunderstood animals.” (more…)

Wombats buried Alive


GlenbogWombats buried Alive at Glenbog State Forest Suffer Avoidable Cruelty

The NWC is disturbed by the apparent lack of oversight of logging contractors leading to unnecessary and preventable deaths of wombats in Glenbog State Forest. The NWC strongly recommends an investigation into the actions of the Forestry Corporation contractors responsible. (more…)

A Wonderful Example

matvMargaret Howley is a wonderful example of the the 2800 volunteers that work within the groups represented by the NSW Wildlife Council. Margaret works as a volunteer for Native Animal Trust Fund’s Hunter Wildlife Rescue Inc and this is her heartwarming story as featured on MediaAnimal.tv.

For the past 35 years former nurse Margaret Howley has dedicated her life to saving Australia’s injured and orphaned native wildlife. At 71 years of age Margaret is still working the night shift tending to her wild patients.

The NWC thanks each and every one of the licensed volunteer rehabilitators represented on the council and we hope this inspirational story gives you all an insight into the care, effort and dedication that is the foundation of wildlife rehabilitation.

Follow this link to see the MediaAnimal.tv story “The Australian Nurse Saving Wild Patients!”

A Historic Meeting

NWC 2014

NWC 2014Last month the NSW Wildlife Council had the opportunity to welcome Mr Peter Stathis, recently appointed to the new position of Senior Leader OEH Biodiversity & Wildlife at Hurstville. We also welcomed our newly appointed Executive Officer, Chris Lloyd.

Peter advised that there will be significant changes to the direction his department will be taking and to the staffing model within his team. OEH are currently actively involved in the recruitment procedure and Peter will announce his new team members once the selection process has concluded.

Peter said he was confident that he will have a strong team made up of dedicated and experienced people. He spoke about his new role with confidence and enthusiasm and expressed his genuine wish to be an active participant in the council activities. Peter was warmly welcomed by the Council members and the Council looks forward to a new era of liaison with the new Management operatives, some still to be announced.

nwc02142Linda Crawley who is the Coordinator Wildlife Licencing, OEH also addressed the Council and spoke about the existing ballot system. She opened the floor to questions and it proved a valuable opportunity to gain more understanding of her role and its responsibilities and constraints.

In addition the Council members welcomed their new Executive Officer Chris Lloyd with the official signing of his Work Contract. Chris addressed the full Council for the first time and provided information about his work background and experience in his work with palegic birds and other wildlife.