Calling for new wildlife carers

LEARN about being a Tweed Valley Wildlife Carer at the group's orientation day on Saturday.

President Connie Kerr said experienced members would present an overview of carers' roles, broken down into three sections.

"We'll lead off with the boring bit," Ms Kerr said. "The rules and regulations we have to work under."

"We are licensed by National Parks (and Wildlife Service) and have to report to government departments and deal with tax and insurance, like everybody."

"The second section will address the kinds of wildlife we work with, and we'll do this between morning tea and lunch.

"And finally we'll provide information about handling of animals."

She said some people after orientation decided not to join, others decided to sign up for rescues while others again would show an interest in administration.

"There are also specialist courses on offer within the group once you become a member.

"Every individual who wants to contribute has something to offer and, like all volunteer organisations, we can always use more members.

"That said there's no force, demand or expectation for people to join or do particular things."

She said many people would come to orientation wanting to work with a particular animal and would leave with a desire to work with a very different species.

"I think the public is becoming more aware of and concerned about wildlife.

"And the population growth and development of the Tweed is leading to more negative interactions between humans and animals."

The 9am to 4pm orientation at the Murwillumbah Community College is free, with tea and coffee provided, and Ms Kerr said donations were more than welcome.

"You will need your own lunch and we don't recommend bringing children along because to be a wildlife carer you need to be over-18," she said.

Phone the organisation's 02 6672 4789 hotline to book a place in the session.

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