For almost three decades Lyndoch's Rose Brooks has voluntarily provided wildlife rescue and care for hundreds of native animals injured or orphaned throughout the Barossa and surrounds.
About five years ago several regional wildlife carers formed an informal collective group 'Barossa Wildlife Rescue' to provide additional volunteer support to Ms Brooks.
The Southern Barossa Alliance Inc (SBA) is assisting the Barossa Wildlife Rescue group with governance support, including applying for grants, insurance coverage.
Following SBA's submission for a community grant, The Barossa Council has agreed to provide in-principle support for the project concept for the SBA to auspice the transition of Barossa Wildlife Rescue to a sustainable, incorporated, not-for-profit, charitable group providing wildlife rescue and rehabilitation service in the Barossa region.
The council also requested that the SBA engage stakeholders involved with native fauna rescue and care in the Barossa.
As a result SBA has scheduled aBarossa Wildlife Rescue Forum from 6pm-7.30pm, Tuesday, December 17 in the Council Meeting Room at the Lyndoch Library.
SBA is fortunate to have Melany Crawford from the Department of Environment and Water Fauna Permit Unit and Ann Pashley from Native Animal Network attend.
Aims of the forum:
- Brief local carers on the updated Fauna Permit requirements
- Brief local carers on the role and capability of the Native Animal Network
- Enable local carers to raise issues of concern for sustaining the capability in the Barossa to: Rescue and care of native animals, become wildlife carers, establish a wildlife rehabilitation facility and keep rescued animals that are unfit for release
- Identify the options to establish a sustainable incorporated body to provide legal governance and management of Wildlife Rescue operations in the Barossa
The forum will also provide the opportunity for people interested in caring for local native fauna to learn about the required permits and level of care for caring for rescued native animals.