About the Tweed Valley Wildlife Carers Group
Rescue, Rehabilitate and Release ..
Our group was formed in 1989 by a group of interested people in the Tweed area who saw there was a need for a group to care for sick, injured or orphaned native fauna so they can be released back to their natural environment.
Licensed by the Department of Environment and Climate Change, under National Parks & Wildlife Service, The Tweed Valley Wildlife Carers group is made up totally of volunteers who spend many hours helping the group reach its aims.
Only where it is absolutely necessary, our members will attend to the relocation of native wildlife that are under threat to other suitable habitat for that species. Members of the public are encouraged, wherever possible, to live with the wonderful array of animals that inhabit our region, including ones that cause them distress, such as reptiles. Education leading to a better understanding of these species will often relieve the unnecessary distress experienced by many.
Fundraising activities and education projects are also undertaken to maintain the viability of the group and to achieve other objectives. In 1998, we received charity status, and in 2006, we were granted gift tax deductibility status, allowing donations to be claimed as tax deductions. We hope, along with our fundraising activities, these steps will increase donations and allow the group to continue its vital work.
Nevertheless, the group relies almost entirely on the goodwill and dedication of its members, with carers covering a lot of the costs of the rescue and rehabilitation of our native animals, including enclosures, food, transport, power, etc.
This small band of carers, between them, are responsible for the rehabilitation of over 2,500 animals a year, with the group fielding approximately 4,000 calls to its 24 hour hotline in an average year. The group is supported by the Tweed Shire Council but require donations from the public to buy equipment and supplies each year.
Tweed Valley Wildlife Carers is a not-for-profit group, run by trained volunteers who spend many hours helping the group rescue and rehabilitate sick and injured fauna.
Our volunteers consist of 24-hour hotline operators, rescuers and transporters, fauna coordinators and carers, executive committee, records officer and newsletter and Facebook editor.
About Our Objectives and Aims
Our objectives and aims revolve around the conservation and welfare of our local wildlife. Our foremost aim is the rescue, rehabilitation and release of native fauna using methods and knowledge gained from many years of experience in the field.
To this end our volunteers undertake training in the rescue and care of native wildlife. Many members involved in the care of animals have specialist expertise in the rescue and rehabilitation of particular species or groups of animals, e.g. possums/gliders, macropods, waterbirds, monotremes, and flying foxes.
The group also aims to promptly and humanely relieve the suffering of animals whose injuries are so severe that they cannot be saved, with the assistance of local veterinarians and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Hospital.
Our objectives include wildlife advocacy, providing a voice for our native wildlife. Through the increase of public awareness, we aim to encourage the protection and welfare of wildlife and their habitat. We encourage our members also to become involved in habitat enhancement in the Tweed Valley, by planting locally grown suitable species on public reserves. Leading by example and with ongoing research, we endeavour to encourage and educate members of the public to adopt improved strategies where wildlife is concerned.
In the process of browsing through the pages of our website, we trust you will understand why we do it and will help us to continue looking out for the interests of our native animals.