Wishing everyone a wonderful 2018!

Our WILVO volunteers handling the 5441 6200 hotline have been kept busy with the severe weather lately.  I wonder that all the little birds aren’t washed out of the trees in the heavy downpours.  There have been numerous bedraggled, wet animals arriving into care.  Erratic as the weather has been, the wet weather was followed by heat which did not help those wildlife already compromised.  Even a little red-necked wallaby joey was found suffering heat stress as she stood beside her dead mother on the hot bitumen highway.

Wildlife carers don’t have much time to prepare for Christmas festivities, but our orphaned and injured wildlife are unable to help themselves, so they are a priority.  Householders can be a great help just by keeping their domestic pets contained.

This week, in the space of a few hours,  I picked up an injured water dragon and a crested pigeon from the same  street, about ten houses away from each other.  It is unlikely the injuries were inflicted by the same cat, so it shows the importance of containing our pets, both for their own and the wildlife’s safety.  It is sad to think this is happening in every street in every suburb and town, and out in the rural areas.  So many native animals lost each day and each night.  That so many of these deaths are preventable makes it even more tragic.

Christmas is a great time to think about gifts that can help our wildlife.  Top of the list could be a cat aviary and a dog enclosure.  These can be expensive to purchase ready made, but materials can be purchased cheaply and enclosures designed with a little creativeness.

Nestboxes for possums, gliders, insectivorous bats and birds can also be bought or constructed.  There are plenty of good designs on reputable internet sites.  Ringtail possum dreys can be made with hanging baskets joined together and woven with foliage to create a ball-like home for these possums. With one piece of wire cut out, it usually provides a big enough hole.  They can have a front door and back door (as an escape route) if you wish!

We can never have too many native plants so do the rounds of the nurseries and ask for native plants indigenous to our area.  As plants grow, the wildlife appear and provide a source of education and entertainment year round.  Why have a domestic pet when exquisite creatures can inhabit your garden with no work needed? Of course, fresh water each day is always welcome in this hot weather.

WILVOS would like to wish everyone a wonderful Christmas and all the very best for 2018.

Donna Brennan  Wildlife Volunteers Assoc  Inc  (WILVOS)

PO Box 4805 Sunshine Coast Mail Centre Q  4560    PH  5441 6200    www.wilvos.org.au

 

Queensland State Elections Are Over

By the time this goes to print the elections will be over and we can  sit back and try to be optimistic.  I would really like to think that foreign mining companies and deforestation will not further destroy Queensland over the coming years.  Is it too much to hope for that habitat could be retained for our precious wildlife?

Just over a week before the  election I actually attended a meeting of candidates for my electorate and I must say I was not inspired.  When a question was asked of candidates about a current Queensland   issue that urgently needs to be addressed, the response from all candidates was – “It’s a done deal.”  That made me extremely angry.  Do these candidates know that the job for which they are lining up is actually as a public servant, working for their constituents?    This often means fighting for what the people in their electorate want.  So in my electorate not one of those candidates at the meeting would be interested if I approached them with an issue that was important to me, if it was not in line with their party’s ideals, or if it meant fighting for the desired result.

These candidates should look to retired MP Peter Wellington for inspiration.  This was one politician who would approach every issue with commitment.  OK, so it may not be an issue that everyone agreed on, but the commitment and fight was always there.  It could be a request for a wheelchair ramp needed  at your grandma’s bridge hall, or a request for an appearance at a school or community function.   Peter Wellington would somehow always find the time to deal with it.  He was a wonderful support to WILVOS years ago  when we were struggling financially to meet the costs of printing and manning our WILVOS 24 hour hotline.  He has continued to be supportive and helpful throughout his time in the Nicklin electorate.  He will be missed.

Each year, I feel that our wildlife numbers are in further decline. Wildlife carers are stretched to the limit with the numbers of native animals coming into care.  With approximately 400,000 hectares of vegetation cleared in Queensland each year, we are creating  a desert, unfit for human or wildlife habitation.  Too late, we will look back and think, ‘How have we allowed this to happen?”.

Remember that whoever is voted into your electorate, make them work for you in making Queensland a better place.  That is why she or he is there.

 

Donna Brennan  Wildlife Volunteers Assoc  Inc  (WILVOS)

PO Box 4805 Sunshine Coast Mail Centre Q  4560    PH  5441 6200    www.wilvos.org.au