Nambucca Rotary clubs help drive project to aid wildlife

One of the purpose built enclosures that will help wildlife get back into their natural habitat sooner. From left are Tina Birtles from WIRES MNC and Rotarians David Ainsworth, John Elliott, Dave Banks, Peter Lawry and Rod Edwards. Photo by Mick Birtles
One of the purpose built enclosures that will help wildlife get back into their natural habitat sooner. From left are Tina Birtles from WIRES MNC and Rotarians David Ainsworth, John Elliott, Dave Banks, Peter Lawry and Rod Edwards. Photo by Mick Birtles

THE ROTARY clubs of Macksville and Nambucca Heads are soon to amalgamate and become the Nambucca Valley Rotary Club.

The two clubs who will become one are constantly delivering projects that value add to our wonderful community.

They recently opened the 'tool library' at South Arm Hall - this is a great example of Rotary getting behind our community when and where it is needed. The tool library serves those who have suffered loss in recent bushfires through the provision of tools that can be loaned out to help them rebuild.

As the whole world knows, our native wildlife also suffered terribly during the bushfire crisis. The plight of our Aussie wildlife attracted global attention and wildlife rescue organisations like NSW Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service Inc (WIRES) were on the receiving end of generous donations from both national and international donors.

Recently WIRES Mid North Coast (MNC) and the Rotary clubs of Macksville and Nambucca Heads worked together putting some of this money to good use. WIRES MNC was in desperate need of suitable enclosures that are vital for the rehabilitation and release of gliders and possums.

What was required were fully portable enclosures with the appropriate dimensions and quality that could be set up at release sites for the 'soft release' for these precious marsupials. The enclosures could then be packed up and relocated when next required.

WIRES MNC used donated funds to purchase the materials needed to build these enclosures and the Rotarians, in particular David Ainsworth, used his expertise to manufacture all five enclosures.

These assets now allow carers to provide every opportunity for the rehabilitation and release of sick, injured or orphaned possums and gliders here on the Mid North Coast.

Local WIRES MNC carer Tina Birtles says these enclosures will greatly boost the WIRES MNC team's ability to provide responsive care for our native wildlife for the next 10-15 years at least.

She added the positive impact these enclosures will have on wildlife rehabilitation can't be overstated and local WIRES MNC carers are grateful for Rotary with their incredible contribution.

Rotary's Rod Edwards said the Rotary clubs saw supporting WIRES MNC with their wildlife care and rehabilitation work as being a highly worthwhile project and was an appropriate follow on from their other work Rotary are doing in the wake of the bushfire crisis in the Nambucca Valley.

If you find sick or injured wildlife call WIRES 1300 094-737 or report online https://www.wires.org.au/rescue/emergency-advice or if you want information on how to join WIRES MNC as a volunteer wildlife rescuer and carer https://www.wires.org.au/rescue/become-a-rescuer

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