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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.

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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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

One month's food purchases

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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Thank you Glencore Mangoola

Anthony of Australian Wildlife Displays with a flying fox

Anthony of Australian Wildlife Displays with a flying fox at Singleton Public School in December 2018

Glencore Mangoola have provided sponsorship for the Wildlife Warrior education session taking place at St Josephs Primary School in Denman on Wednesday 12 June 2019. Students will learn about Australian wildlife with hands-on interaction provided by Australian Wildlife Displays. Wildlife Aid’s President Bruce Mulligan will also be present on the day.

Wildlife Aid are proud to be working with our supporters to help make the children on our community more aware of the precious and unique wildlife that are found throughout the Upper Hunter.

PeabodyWildlife Aid are very grateful for Peabody’s recent donation and their continued support. Local wildlife and their carers will benefit greatly through subsidised food and vets thanks.

Here’s an example of the types of requests we get here at Wildlife Aid

NALA's Dean Snuggen relocated an echidna from Mt Pleasant Mine site

NALA’s Dean Snuggen relocated an echidna from Mt Pleasant Mine site

On the day this article refers to our Bird Coordinator, Meg Pittman, rescued a baby squirrel glider and some galahs. More mature animals like the echidna pictured were relocated by NALA’s Dean Sugden in the leadup to land clearing for Mt Pleasant Mine. Additionally Meg recently has rescued 15 baby rosellas to date from Bengalla Mine due to planned land clearing, These baby birds are keeping Meg and other bird carers very busy. Thanks for the acknowledgement in your newsletter Mt Pleasant Mine. And thank you also both Mt Pleasant and Bengalla for your ongoing support.

Seeking Upper Hunter Wildlife Aid carers with release sites for kangaroos and wallabies

20180714IMG_0119-joeyWildlife Aid is seeking new members who are passionate about Australian wildlife and live in the Upper Hunter region (Singleton, Muswellbrook and Upper Hunter shires) who are able to care for macropods and provide a suitable ‘soft release site’ for Eastern Grey Kangaroos,  Red Necked Wallabies and Swamp Wallabies. Typically, when a macropod reaches 3 to 4kg it needs to reside at a site where there are carers who can feed 2 to 3 times a day, and provide peaceful enclosures for animals of different ages which are safe from predators such as foxes, wild and domestic dogs, and traffic.  The commitment to each joey can be up to 6 months depending on site and size of mob. As each joey gets older, feeding requirements become less demanding and it becomes more independent and is eventually released.

Wildlife Aid have been rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing Australian wildlife in the Upper Hunter region (from Singleton, through to Merriwa and Murrurundi) for over twenty years. They are a not-for-profit organisation that relies heavily on donations and grants. Members who offer a release site must live in the Upper Hunter as rehabilitated animals need to be released back into the environment that Wildlife Aid are licensed to protect.

Membership is $25 a year which includes a license to care for Australian wildlife, and insurance for any incidents that may occur while conducting wildlife care duties.  Members have access to training, mentorship and subsidised feed.  Members must be 18 years old or over.

New members without a release site also provide value to the group and are welcome to join. They may support the 24/7 hotline, help with fundraising and administration, rescue and care for other species such as wombats, possums, birds, bats and reptiles.

Membership Form

Being a macropod carer is demanding and very rewarding.

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