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Wildlife Heroes Nov19 update

Wildlife Heroes Nov19 update

The Wildlife Heroes project commenced in October 2019 through a $1.47 million grant from the NSW Government’s Environmental Trust. The project will ensure wildlife volunteers get the help they need, so they can continue providing the best care for our amazing native wildlife...

The Wildlife Heroes project will run over 3 years and aims to:

  • Acknowledge the scale, importance and value of wildlife rescue and rehabilitation in Australia
  • Offer grants for equipment, training, conferences and emergency response planning
  • Provide resources and tools for wildlife volunteers and wildlife organisations in NSW
  • Support ‘wildlife friendly’ veterinary practices with grants and information
  • Promote wildlife volunteering for greater public awareness and recruitment
  • Develop community education and awareness campaigns to increase knowledge of Australian native wildlife

Wildlife Heroes Emergency Fund

In early November the Matt Kean MP, the NSW Minister for Energy & Environment announced additional funding for the Wildlife Heroes Emergency Fund.

This funding will be available to groups impacted by emergency situations, with the first round open to those impacted across the summer months of 2019-2020 including the current bushfires in NSW.

All information about accessing funds will be made available on the Wildlife Heroes pages and directly to groups through their executive committees and information will be sent to all those signed up to our Wildlife Heroes mailing list.

 

Keep updated about the available funding, including future grant rounds for individual wildlife rehabilitators by signing up to our Backyard Buddies newsletter.

 

Expressions of interest for the Wildlife Heroes Steering Committee

The first activity for the project was a call out for steering committee members to assist in the coordination of the project. Knowing that many volunteer wildlife rehabilitator groups are currently involved in emergencies we have extended the dates for this call out until the end of December.

You can register your interest to become part of the Steering Committee here:

 

The first meeting of the Steering Committee is scheduled for early February in Sydney, with phone in for regional and rural steering committee members available if necessary.