NSW Wildlife Council provides instant funding to flood-impacted wildlife carers

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Bedraggled long-nosed bandicoot—found very waterlogged day 5-6 of northern floods – photo by Meredith Ryan of FAWNA Inc.

The NSW Wildlife Council (NWC), the peak body for wildlife rehabilitation in NSW, has recently issued almost $48,000 to volunteer wildlife carers impacted in the recent flooding events. These volunteers play a vital role in the survival of native fauna. 

The NWC aims to achieve optimal outcomes for native fauna, representing 26 licensed wildlife groups and approximately 4000 wildlife carers in the state. 

To ensure incoming injured and orphaned wildlife are able to be assisted, the Council acknowledges the necessity to distribute donations as soon as possible to carers and groups on the frontline where it is needed most during emergency events. 

The grants have helped a number of groups and carers tending to wildlife such as marsupial joeys, wombats, flying-foxes, marine reptiles, and birds. 

“Many of our member groups and carers have been very seriously affected in this recent flood event losing their fauna holding pens with flood waters destroying wombat burrows, fencing, equipment, aviaries and white goods all used for rehabilitating wildlife,” NSW Wildlife Council chair Audrey Koosmen said.  

“The NSW Wildlife Council through generous donations received from the public has been able to fund repairs for those worst-affected. This is one way we can help our most hardworking wildlife volunteers across the state. I thank everyone in the wildlife sector for the great work they are doing to care so well for our wildlife in such challenging conditions.” 

Wildlife Council member groups cover the whole of NSW with 4000 volunteers trained to look after wildlife that need help. The NWC encourages its member groups and their volunteers who were impacted in the recent flooding to apply. 

All grant enquiries to grants@nwc.org.au

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