NWC Grants Open 1 July 2019

WILDLIFE REHABILITATOR ENCLOSURE AND EQUIPMENT GRANTS PROGRAM FOR 2019-2020 OPENS 1 JULY 2019

Announcing the opening of the 2019-2020 wildlife rehabilitator grants program, NSW Chair, Audrey Koosmen said “Representatives and Alternates present at the NWC May General Meeting agreed to continue this year the possibility that one grant may be awarded to a group demonstrating need in a particular area”.

Mrs. Koosmen added that this “grants program is an acknowledgment of the pivotal role played by so many wildlife rehabilitators and groups in NSW and a recognition of the high costs incurred by individuals and groups in their important work with rescue, rehabilitation and release of sick, injured and orphaned fauna”.

The 2019 grant budget totals $10,000 and grant applications in amounts from $500 to $2000 will be accepted for rehabilitation enclosure and equipment projects.  To be eligible to apply Grant applicants must

  • Have 2 or more years’ rehabilitation experience
  • Be authorised under a NPWS licensed rehabilitation group or be an independent general licensee (IGL)
  • Have their application endorsed by their licensed group management committee (in the case of a group member)
  • Lodge application no later than 5pm on Monday 5 August 2019

All grant applications will be assessed on the criteria Need, Excellence and Value for Money and full details including the Grant Guidelines and Application form should be downloaded from www.nwc.org.au

Only one Grant may be allocated to one Licence Holder(a licensed group or IGL), however more than one application endorsed by an individual group will be accepted.

All eligible applications will be presented to the NWC Annual General Meeting to be held on Sunday 18 August 2019 for voting by secret ballot.

NWC encourages eligible authorised wildlife rehabilitators to apply.

Enquiries to grants@nwc.org.au                                                                           06 June 2019

Members asked to participate in a NPWS Survey

Message from NPWS

We are pleased to let the NSW Wildlife Council know we have launched a new online community wildlife survey. We are asking people across New South Wales to share their knowledge about local wildlife, including where they have seen wildlife over the last two years.

We value your knowledge of the wildlife in your area, including your understanding about their health and threats. It would be great if you could help us get a better understanding of where wildlife is across NSW by completing the survey at www.environment.nsw.gov.au/wildlife-survey. We expect it will take 10 to 20 minutes to complete.

We also need your help sharing the survey with your networks. We have attached some communication materials that could help you do this.

The survey is asking about the following ten animals:

  • brushtail possums
  • platypus
  • wombats
  • echidna
  • koalas
  • spotted-tailed quolls
  • kangaroos (all species)
  • dingos
  • foxes
  • deer

As wildlife rehabilitators, you will know a lot about your local wildlife. We do not need you to tell us about the animals in your care (you give us those data through other channels). This survey is an opportunity for you to let us know your thoughts on population changes for the ten animals as well as personal sightings you may have made outside of your caring duties.

A similar survey was undertaken in 2006. The results of that survey informed the NSW Koala Strategy as well as supporting broader biodiversity conservation initiatives.

The data from the 2006 survey, combined with the current 2019 survey data, will help us understand how wildlife populations are changing over time. We will get a better view of where these animals are, their health, and threats in their environment.

The Community Wildlife Survey is being funded as part of the NSW Koala Strategy. Data from the survey can help identify sites for priority action under the NSW Koala Strategy as well as forming part of koala monitoring across the State.

We encourage you to complete the survey and forward the survey to others who have data to share. Please let us know if we can assist with these communications in any way.

Kind regards,
Ron Haering

Senior Project Officer
Biodiversity and Wildlife Team
National Parks and Wildlife Service

FAWNA joins the RVM program

Thanks, TOMRA Collection for allowing FAWNA NSW INC to come on board with the RVM program.


Graeme Cook and grandson Noah Langdon were among the first to use the reverse vending machines in Wauchope last year.

Thanks to the Wauchope Gazette for promoting our cause.

https://www.wauchopegazette.com.au/story/5904658/recycle-bottles-and-cans-in-wauchope-and-help-wildlife/?cs=1545

Most drinks containers between 150ml and three litres can get a refund. They need to be in good condition (not broken or crushed), be empty and have the label attached.

The containers can be made of:

  • Glass;
  • Plastic
  • Aluminium
  • Steel
  • Or liquid paperboard (cartons)

You can deposit your containers at the following locations:
Timbertown SUPA IGA Plus Liquor
Old Bar Tavern
Woolworths-Stockland Forster
Taree RSL & Golf Club
Taree Leagues Sports Club
Wingham Services Club

Share this post with all of your friends and get the word out to help FAWNA with our fundraising efforts. Every container can make a difference in allowing us to care for our wildlife.

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

FAWNA, the wildlife rescue and rehabilitation group for the Gloucester area congratulates Groundswell Gloucester and the EDO on succeeding with this important litigation.