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Wildlife Carers | Maranoa Wildlife Caring & Education Centre
Mission Statement

Support the care and rehabilitation of sick, injured or orphaned wildlife and promote an understanding of our local fauna.

 

With an understanding that not all wildlife can be successfully rehabilitated due to illness or injury which would have a negative impact on the survival of the animal; MWCEC aims to foster well-rounded Wildlife Carers who have an awareness of this and understand there is a balance required to allow for production and environmental outcomes. And that there are times when potential threats need to be reduced, such as cane toads, cats and other feral animals that impact on our native wildlife.

 

Wildlife caring is a very rewarding experience; knowing that you have contributed to the survival of the animal in the wild and are in some small way, giving back to the natural environment.

About

MWCEC was formed to provide rescue and rehabilitation services to the local native wildlife in the Maranoa area. It also aims to provide training to wildlife care volunteers and promote protection of our native fauna and biodiversity.

MWCEC is a charitable organisation, that is run by volunteers and funded by donations and grants.

By mid-2015, MWCEC has already been involved in multiple rescues of native birds, kangaroos, wallabies, lizards and snakes; providing an important service to both wildlife and the community.

Purpose

​​In order to achieve our Mission Statement, the purpose of the Maranoa Wildlife Caring & Education Centre is:

  • To successfully rehabilitate sick, injured or orphaned native wildlife so they can be released back into their natural environment

  • Provide training and support to community members so they can become MWCEC Wildlife Carers

  • To educate Community Groups, School Children and the Local Community about natural biodiversity through to production systems

  • To foster a respect for and love of our local fauna in children and young people

  • Promote a healthy and sustainable environment

  • To develop a greater understanding of natural ecosystems, biodiversity hotspots and the ecology of rare, threatened and other native species through ongoing research

The Maranoa Wildlife Caring & Education Centre has been formed as a charitable company and is supported by its' founders Craig & Meryl Eddie, through BOOBOOK Ecological Consulting, based in Roma, Queensland. 

 

The objectives of this group are:

  • Sick, Injured or Orphaned Native Wildlife to be successfully rehabilitated and integrated back into their natural environment.

Local communities:

  • Are involved and trained in wildlife caring activities

  • Have a good level of knowledge and appreciation of native fauna found within the Maranoa region.

  • Improved knowledge of natural ecosystems, biodiversity hotspots and the ecology of rare, threatened and other native species.

Background
Management Committee

A management committee has been formed to oversee the functions of MWCEC , whereby members will include interested individuals and representative people  from the local community and include a representative from each of the following groups.

 

  • Community Wildlife Carer

  • Natural Resource Management Group (eg. Catchment Authority/Landcare)

  • Professional (e.g.  Banker, Insurance Agent, Accountant, Business member from the Chamber of Commerce)

  • Ecologist

  • Veterinarian

  • Director from the Maranoa Wildlife Caring & Education Pty Ltd. 

  • Local Department of Environment and Heritage Protection rep.

  • Independent Chair

 

Observer:

Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (Nature Conservation Services/Wildlife Management – Southern Region). 

Due to their regulatory role, they have indicated they would prefer not to have a voting seat on the management committee; however, are still interested in being involved with the group.

 

The role of this Management Committee: 

  • Corporate Governance

  • Approve yearly planning and funding priorities/targets to help achieve the Mission of the MWCEC

  • Review budgets, tenders and approve MWCEC spending

  • Where/if appropriate, employ and manage staff

  • Approve and enter into relevant agreements (eg. funding, research projects, employment contracts, insurance)

  • Obtain & maintain a carers permit for the MWCEC and oversee the completion of the  permit returns for animals that have been cared for to meet legislative requirements

  • Identify and oversee the implementation of fundraising programs for the MWCEC.

A management committee has been formed to oversee the functions of MWCEC , whereby members will include interested individuals and representative people  from the local community and include a representative from each of the following groups.

Wildlife caring volunteers can, and will be encouraged to become affiliated members of the MWCEC. 

 

Affiliated volunteer members may wish to partake in one or more of the following activities:

 

  • Information sharing

  • Hands-on wildlife caring

  • Volunteering at fundraising activities

  • Attending information days, field days

  • Giving talks about wildlife to school students and other groups

  • Receive information only about the group

  • Writing grant applications

  • Running kids programs

  • Organising fundraising events

  • Helping with research projects

  • Providing soft release areas

 

A list of all members and their contact details will be maintained by MWCEC. 

 

A separate list of members providing hands-on wildlife caring will also be maintained, along with their contact details, the place they are keeping wildlife under the MWCEC caring permit and a list of facilities they have available at their place.  This list will be updated annually and the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection will be provided with a copy of the updated list.

 

 

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Resourcing & Support

BOOBOOK is currently providing financial and labour support for the behind the scenes tasks required to set up and run this group. 

MGA Insurance Roma is also supporting this great cause.

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