Introduction to FAWNA

Are YOU interested in helping our WILDLIFE?

Come to a FREE “INTRODUCTION to FAWNA” Session

Joey with burnt feet
Joey with burnt feet from 2019 bushfires

Where: Taree
When: Sunday 25th October 2020
Time: 10am

Information and Registration: 6581 2996

How you can improve biodiversity in your garden

Attracting Australian wildlife isn’t an easy task. Natural wildlife visiting our homes and gardens is a rarity that we all enjoy. In this guide, we’ll show you how to increase biodiversity and attract some of the unique wildlife Australia has to offer.

When building your garden, the main factors for increasing biodiversity is providing shelter from predators, a water source, plants that attract prey, plants that provide food and adjoining bushland to your property.

Below is a link to a great resource from Sydney Gardners about how to make this happen.

How you can improve the biodiversity in your garden.

You never know what might turn up in your garden.

Wildlife Rehabilitator Enclosure & Equipment Grants Program for 2020-2021

Announcing the opening of the 2020-2021 wildlife rehabilitator grants program, NWC Chair, Audrey Koosmen announced some changes to how the program will be run.  

The grants program acknowledges the pivotal role played not only by wildlife rehabilitators, but by their groups, many of whom have been severely affected by the 2019-2020 drought, bushfires and COVID-19.  In recognition of added stresses over the past season the Grants Committee has approved the doubling of the grants budget to $20,000 and is allowing two grants to be awarded to NWC groups as well as grants to individual rehabilitators from NWC groups or from Independent General Iicensees (IGL).

The award of a NWC group grant will not disqualify individuals from NWC groups to be included in the application and voting process. 

Grant applications for equipment and enclosure projects in the range from $500 to $2000 will be accepted between 1 July and 7 August. 

Full details are included in the Guidelines and in the Application Form

To be eligible to apply 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 NWC group member)
  • Lodge application no later than 5pm on Friday 7 August 2020

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

More than one application endorsed by any individual group will be accepted, however a maximum of 1 individual and 1 group grant can be awarded to any one NWC group, and 1 to an IGL.  A group application will be assessed separately to an individual application under the same licence.

All eligible applications will be presented to the NWC Annual General Meeting to be held on Sunday 16 August 2020 (subject to COVID-19 restrictions) for voting by secret ballot.


Rare Tularaemia infection from possum scratch prompts warning [NSW]

20/05/2010 NSW Health Media Release:   “NSW Health is urging people to avoid touching possums following the first probable case of the rare disease tularaemia in a NSW resident.

The woman was bitten and scratched by a ringtail possum in a Northern Sydney suburb in early March, and since developed symptoms including swollen lymph glands, fatigue, and a sore throat. Further testing is continuing to confirm the diagnosis. NSW Health’s Acting Director of Communicable Diseases, Ms Keira Glasgow, said that while the disease is highly contagious, most people fully recover with appropriate antibiotics.

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