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RIP Bruce Mulligan – February 2020

Bruce Mulligan

Farewell Bruce Mulligan

We are very sad to hear of Bruce Mulligan’s passing after losing his battle of many years with illness.

Some of us first met Bruce and his daughter at a Wildlife Aid meeting at Bulga NPWS many many years ago where he attended his first meeting and became a member.  This was to lead to many years of devotion for Bruce to the group.   He loved wildlife and spent much time as a snake relocator, carer, rescuer and educator. He also served as President.

We remember Bruce as a wonderful advocate for wildlife and a man who loved his family.
Our sincere condolences to his family.

Wildlife Emergency Relief funding gratefully received

State-wide wildlife rescue and educations group, WIRES have recognised the dire effects the current drought and  recent bush fires is having on native wildlife in the Upper Hunter and have recently provided financial assistance which will help pay for veterinary costs, animal rescue cages, electric heat pads, medical supplies, wildlife release enclosures, specialised food supplies and feeding equipment.
This funding greatly improves the ability of Wildlife Aid volunteer to rescue and care the unprecedented number of macropods, possums and wombats and native birds coming into our care.

Wildlife Aid volunteers have also been receiving food donations from ALDI which are being taken to fire damaged bushland to feed wildlife.

Yancoal funds Train The Wildlife Carers

Yancoal Mt Thorley has recognised the need for skilled care for local wildlife. Their generous grant of $4,600 will ensure the best practice is achieved. The first training session was held in February 2020.

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Wildlife Warrior education program visits King Street Public School Singleton thanks to Club Singleton

Thank you Club Singleton for sponsoring Wildlife Warrior incursions at King Street Public School Singleton 26 November 2019.

100 pupils plus teachers loved the show and enjoyed hands on interaction with wildlife. They took home a Wildlife Warrior magnet. Thanks to King Street Primary for their hospitality and to Lee from Australian Wildlife Displays for her professional presentation.

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General Meeting and Annual General Meeting 1st December 2019

The Wildlife Aid General Meeting will be followed by the Annual General Meeting at Muswellbrook RSL Club, 10.30am Sunday 1st December 2019 where office holders for Wildlife Aid will be elected.

Members, please refer to the email that was sent to you 16 November 2019 containing the minutes of our last GM held in June 2019 plus last AGM February 2019 and Special General Meeting April 2019.The August General Meeting failed to convene due to not enough members being present to form a quorum.

The email also included a nomination form if you wish to nominate someone, or feel free to nominate yourself for a position within our group.0

If you cannot attend and wish a paid up member to vote in your place, please find attached a proxy voting form.

If you require further information about any positions, please ask and I will send you details.

Call for Agenda items to be discussed at the General Meeting. Please reply to this email by 24th November listing matters for discussion thanks.

All positions are declared vacant at the AGM and nominations accepted.

Below is a list of the outgoing office holders:-

President: Vacant

Vice President: Vacant

Secretary: Treasa Cullen (acting)

Treasurer: Jo Kelly

Committee Member: Erin Pilgrim

Committee Member: Meg Pittman

Committee Member: Vacant

Public Officer: Jo Kelly

Bird Co-ordinator: Meg Pittman

Macropod Co-ordinator: Vacant

Bat Co-ordinator: Jo Kelly

Reptile Coordinator: Erin Pilgrim (acting)

Mammals Co-ordinator: Candice Farrell

NWC primary Rep: Meg Pittman

NWC Secondary Rep: Jo Kelly

Phone coordinator: Treasa Cullen (acting)

Equipment coordinator: Vacant

Food Supplies coordinator: Helen Bird

Publicity and Newsletter Officer: Fiona McBurney

IT and Web Master: Fiona McBurney

Training coordinator: Vacant

New member coordinator: Fiona McBurney

  • All nominations need to be in the hands of the committee by 10.30am 24th November, 2019.
  • All proxies need to be in the hands of the committee by 10.30am 30th November, 2019.
  • All nominations and proxies are only accepted from a paid up member of Wildlife Aid.

We would love to see some new faces interested in taking positions. Hope to see you there.

MACH Energy supports wildlife in the Upper Hunter

Wildlife Aid are extremely grateful for the recent donation from MACH Energy Australia’s Mt Pleasant. This donation will support rescue and care of orphaned and injured local fauna of the Upper Hunter. It will pay vet bills and be used to purchase special dietary food for each species, which can then be offered at a subsidised rate to our wonderful hard working carers.

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Thank you Malabar Coal for your kind donation.

Tina and Donna from Malabar Coal with Bruce Mulligan and Julie Smith from Wildlife Aid holding rescued baby wombats

Tina and Donna from Malabar Coal with Bruce Mulligan and Julie Smith from Wildlife Aid holding rescued baby wombats

Thank you Tina and Donna from Malabar Coal for your kind donation in August 2019! This will assist us in our specialised food purchasing and veterinary costs.

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The cost for a month’s worth of specialised food paid for by Mt Thorley Yancoal

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One month’s worth of bulk food purchases for Wildlife Aid

Specialised food for the many species we rehabilitate at Wildlife Aid is our biggest ongoing cost. Early this month we received a very kind donation from Mt Thorley Yancoal that will go towards bulk food purchases which we can then offer at a subsidised cost to our carers.

Helen, Wildlife Aid Food Coordinator, is pictured here with approximately one month of specialty food purchases (about $2,000 worth). She tirelessly does inventory, assesses future requirements, orders food each month then bags up into small appropriate lots to be offered at a subsidised rate for Wildlife Aid Carers. She takes phone orders then has food ready for pickup. She used to do this relentless job whilst doing rescues and also having many animals in care. Helen has been voluntary Food Coordinator for more than 10 years and deserves our Unsung Hero Award.

However, Wildlife Aid’s main thanks must go to our generous sponsors who donate money so we can afford to purchase foods in bulk, without which our carers could not afford to care and feed their many orphans.

Thank you very much Mt Thorley Yancoal!

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