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Welcome to the NSW Wildlife Council (NWC) Winter Newsletter

Welcome to the NSW Wildlife Council Inc Newsletter.

I wish to thank Leesa who kindly took up the role as our Newsletter Editor.

NWC Winter Newsletter Image of Kangaroo Joey
Joey – Photo courtesy of Sonja Elwood

We are very excited to have our Newsletter happening again as we wish to showcase great stories from our many valued member groups and share with you all the issues regarding our wildlife in NSW.

Our NWC Newsletter we hope will give us another tool to use to network further with other groups and the community on all matters dealing with wildlife.

Happy reading everyone, please make sure you share our news with your groups.

The Rehabilitator Survey idenƟfied that a lot of individuals in member groups knew very little or nothing about the NWC and how it represented the wildlife rehabilitation sector. By sharing this Newsletter your members will gain a better understanding of the NWC.

We welcome contributions of news stories and interesƟng animal arƟcles with our Newsletter Editor. The Newsletter is your opportunity to share with other groups in NSW what has been happening in your region.

With warmest regards, Audrey Koosmen. Chair of NSW Wildlife Council Inc. 

2019 – NSW Wildlife Council Rehabilitator and Equipment Grants

In announcing the NWC grants at the group’s Annual General Meeting on Sunday 18 August, re-elected Chair, Audrey Koosmen said:

“how pleased we are to be able to help volunteer wildlife rehabilitators in New South Wales through the Annual Grants Scheme again this year”

She added

“there were fifteen quality grant applications received to be chosen from the total budget of a maximum of $10,000.  The applicants were not identified and a secret ballot was taken of members present at the Council’s weekend meetings.”

All applicants have been informed of the Grants results

AND THE WINNERS ARE Winning  projects
Chris Baker,
Northern Tablelands Wildlife Carers
Assistance towards construction materials of a
20x10x4 metre Bird of Prey aviary – $1216
Judith Fielsen,
Hunter Wildlife Rescue
Materials for a 9x3x3 metre Bird Aviary – $1989
Diana Woodward & Geoff Roggenkamp, F.A.W.N.A. (NSW) Inc Macropod Nursery pen fitout and upgrade – $2000
Lorita Clapson,
WIRES Mid-South Coast Branch
6x9x1.5 metre wombat pre-release enclosure – $2000
Cheryl Cochran,
Northern Rivers Wildlife Carers
Intensive Care Unit for marsupial joeys, baby birds
 and juvenile flying-foxes $1075
Jaimie Sealby,
Wildlife ARC
Housing, lighting, heating & temperature control
for reptiles and land turtles – $893
2019-2020 Total NWC Grants awarded $9476

Volunteer Strategy

Strategy for the volunteer wildlife rehabilitation sector

The NSW Wildlife Council management team urges all member groups to prioritise making all their volunteers aware of the NSW Government Wildlife Rehabilitation Sector Strategy and inviting individual comment either to their group, or by their group to NWC for a combined submission to OEH NPWS.

This strategy has been several years in the making however stakeholders have been afforded only a very short time for comment on the final document.

The public consultation period ends on 12 April. If any individual NWC group wishes to provide comment for inclusion in a joint NWC submission the details would need to be at NWC’s email, secretary@nwc.org.au no later than Monday 1 April 2019.

NOTE: if clicking on the link doesn’t open your email program, right click on the link and select copy email address,

Read the strategy and supporting documents and let us know your views about the review findings, recommendations and proposed accreditation system.

A support document to the NSW Volunteer Wildlife Rehabilitation Sector Strategy 2019–2022

Accreditation of volunteer wildlife rescue and rehabilitation service providers in NSW

A support document to the NSW Volunteer Wildlife Rehabilitation Sector Strategy 2019–2022

Link to OEH Webpage


NSW Volunteer Wildlife Rehabilitation Sector Strategy Consultation Draft

NSW Volunteer Wildlife Rehabilitation Sector Strategy Consultation Draft

The NSW Volunteer Wildlife Rehabilitation Sector Strategy is a three year plan to support and improve wildlife rehabilitation in New South Wales.

Link to OEH Webpage


Volunteer wildlife rehabilitators and veterinary practitioners make a valuable contribution to our community.

Review of the NSW Volunteer Wildlife Rehabilitation Sector

An evidence base for guiding future reform

Volunteer wildlife rehabilitators and veterinary practitioners make a valuable contribution to our community.

Link to OEH Webpage


Support document – Wildlife rehabilitator compliance audit

Wildlife rehabilitator provider compliance audit

This project reports on an independent compliance audit of NSW wildlife rehabilitators undertaken on behalf of National Parks and Wildlife.

Link to OEH Webpage

Landmark legal win for climate and community

Chief Justice of the Land and Environment Court Brian Preston SC handed down his judgment today in a landmark case, refusing approval of a new coal mine to be built just outside of the town of Gloucester in the NSW Upper Hunter Valley.

This is the first time an Australian court has refused consent for a coal mine on the basis of its climate change impacts.

Read the full press release and links to the case here: https://www.edonsw.org.au/gloucester_climate_win?utm_source=eBulletin+list+June+2018&utm_campaign=f265c39d6d-ebull12Feb2019&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0aa74baca5-f265c39d6d-115165

Birdlife Australia November 2018 e-news

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2018 NWC Grant Winners

The 2018 NWC grant winners were announced at the 2018 NWC AGM.

The winners are:

Name Group Grant Summary Grant Amount
Kerstin Schweth Wildlife Rescue South Coast 9m x 7m x 1.5m enclosure for housing rehabilitating wombats and koalas $2,000.00
Diane Hinton Wildcare Queanbeyan 7m x 4m x 4m Raptor aviary extension $2,000.00
Julie Reid Friends of the Koala Vetarie T50M intensive care unit and humidifier for koala joeys $2,000.00
Jacqueline O’Neill ORCCA Surveillance drone for marine mammals $2,000.00
Christine Nolan FAWNA Macropod pre and release enclosure $1,911.00
2018 Total Grant amounts $9,911.00

ORRCA’s Annual Census

ORRCA's Census Day

Click here to find out more information

Members and Friends, this is your Invitation to:

The 2018 ORRCA Humpback Whale Migration Census

It’s a great day out. Simply pick your favourite headland and call or email the hotline to register your location so we know where you will be. Make sure you print off some ORRCA sighting log sheets from our website.

Then on the day, pack a picnic and your supplies; Binoculars, camera, a pen/pencil for recording details, a chair/rug to sit on, warm waterproof clothes and off you go and enjoy the sights that unfold in this great whale migration.

Remember to record your sightings!