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Raffle Results 14th Dec

1st Choice ;  ticket Green  A 47  ; Debbie McLean ‘ Christmas Hamper’ .
2nd choice;  ticket Blue     D27 ;      Kelly Paull ,  framed platypus print
and pin. ( to be delivered)
3rd choice ;  ticket Black    C43 ;     Tim Collins ,  Wattle Bend Holiday.
4th choice ;  ticket Purple  E 63;   Janelle      , koala hand towel and
book   ( ? delivery)
5th choice ;  ticket Orange C 70;   Gordon Taylor , Koala ear rings. (

Money raised ;  $570.50
Special thankyou to;  Wattle Bend Retreat for donation of holiday for 2
                                   And  Fuss Pots Café in  Ebor for
donation of Wolfgang wildlife earrings.


Wildlife as Pets??

Wild for life – Born to be wild – Not domestic pets Click here

Most of us want to see our native animals in the bush enjoying a ‘wild life’.  So why does the NSW Government allow a handful of people to keep native animals in enclosures in urban homes, surrounded by dogs and cats?


New South Wales Wildlife Council

Report From the NSW Wildlife Council Chair.


I would like to welcome Sonja Elwood to the NWC Management Team. Sonya has agreed to take on the vacant management committee position until the August elections and I am sure will bring great skills to the table.

Welcome Linda  Stoev,   WCNCW  and Jessi Grace, Wildlife A.R.C. to their first NWC meeting.

Sadly we have lost Jacky Hunt from the table.   I would like to thank Jacky for her time on the NWC, the work she has done and the support she has given to NWC.   She has represented her group very well and her smiling face at the table will be missed greatly.   Jacky will be focussing on her new granddaughter, her extended family and in building a new home.   The granddaughter is being spoiled madly.   We send our good wishes to Jacky and her family and hope to see her back at NWC one day again. 

NWC was invited by WIRES to share a table at the upcoming Australian Wildlife Rehabilitation Conference and the NWC Management Committee was delighted with that offer and has accepted.   We will have a free standing NWC banner and the updated NWC brochure available during the Conference.   This will show a united front for wildlife groups across NSW. 

More will be said on the Conference in the meeting’s agenda on what is happening and NWC. 

We all have seen and I hope read the NSW Koala Strategy Plan and heard the news announced by the Premier last week.   I do hope this will help all wildlife across NSW not just koalas as there is a major need for all species to be included in improved veterinary training and availability of wildlife hospitals.   We are keenly watching what there may be in the way of funding to wildlife as well as support to wildlife groups and members 

We all understand many of the species we rescue and care for are not considered important to the government as the threatened species are.   To ride on the koalas back when it comes to habitat will perhaps help other creatures who share the koala’s habitat.   I guess we all have to wait and see if what is promised happens!

I would like to thank Peter Stathis, Ron Haering and Robert Oliver for taking the time to address the NWC at each meeting.   This allows everyone to ask them questions and learn progress on matters of concern to all.

We have lost Matt Mo from Robert’s team; he has now moved to Threatened Species unit and is dealing with Flying-foxes.

We have also lost April  Suen  from IFAW – she has moved on to a role with another company in communications.

Shona has been working hard with NPWS to see a final copy of the Macropod Code of Practice finished and approved.   Let’s hope it is very close as we have all been waiting some time for it.

Shona is also is working on a revision of the koala code with NPWS so her time has been taken up trying to pull these together. Thank you Shona for all your hard work, we are all very grateful.

We welcome Peter Stathis and Robert Oliver to the May NWC General Meeting to update the Council on progress in the Biodiversity reform process.

Audrey Koosmen

Chair NWC 13/5/2018NSW Wildlife Council – Report on  Wildlife Hotspot Mapping

Justine King, Wildlife Rescue South Coast

We have been working with  Wingecarribee  shire  council on wildlife hotspots mapping locally, and also trying to assist the Save the Campbelltown Koalas that are being hit every night on Appin  and Picton Roads.  Feedback from RMS is that hotspots go hot and cold so my take of this is that it’s the local knowledge i.e. the local wildlife groups that would know which are active or not through their own stats and coordinators. A group of carers ran an effective Facebook campaign on a Bundanoon  wildlife  hotspot  last year and there has been a significant reduction in wildlife being hit on that road.

Currently talking to Google about mapping wildlife hotspots for public viewing on maps.

RMS also suggested the virtual fencing solutions by Wildlife Safety Solutions in Sydney  who were working with Redlands Council in Queensland on a trial and in Tasmania for the Tasmanian  Devil. I have links I can send to the committee for further reading. I understand that the feedback on the Tasmanian trial was successful with a 60% reduction in road kill events. Also keen to hear about the Queensland trial; I have emailed Wildlife Safety Solutions just waiting on a response

How does The Virtual Fencing work?   The device is activated by approaching headlights, which cause it to emit sound and light stimuli that in turn alert, repel and prevent animals from entering the road.

The audible alert and blue and yellow strobe-type LED lights are an innovative concept based on proven technologies.

The devices are placed at 25-metre intervals along the road, forming a virtual fence.

The virtual fence uses the latest non-invasive audio and visual systems to alert animals and prevent vehicle contact.

Pesticides – What are the Alternatives?

Many species of wildlife are our natural pest controllers. Insectivorous birds consume large quantities of garden insects, spiders and cockroaches and Bluetongue lizards eat snails and slugs.

Some commercial pesticides are highly toxic and may pass through the food chain. When you poison around your house you may unintentionally be poisoning our native wildlife. There are safer alternatives that can be used around the house and garden.

Ants are harmless and should, ideally, be left alone.  Ants kill termites, so if you live in a termite affected area, ants are your allies in protecting your home.  If you really must kill ants in an area, try these methods:
Spray: Detergent in a spray bottle as an easy spray method.
Trap: Fill a glass jar a quarter-full with a mix of I part honey, 4 parts water & add drop or two of detergent, as a trap.

Keep food in sealed containers to discourage cockroaches. Don’t leave food scraps or dirty dishes overnight.
Trap: A tall glass jar or milk bottle, with petroleum jelly smeared around the top inside edges, to about a quarter of the way down, makes a good cockroach trap. In the bottom of the container place a small amount of oil and some banana, or a little beer. The cockroaches climb in for the food, but can’t get out. You can drown the cockroaches in soapy water, or else could feed to birds (providing you are certain they are pesticide free). Free range hens enjoy eating cockroaches.
Use Repellent: Cucumber peel is often used as a repellent for cockroaches, ants etc. Eucalyptus oil wiped on cupboards is an excellent repellent, as are citrus oils. Place bay leaves, talcum powder or baking soda around cracks in rooms. Lavender oil, eucalyptus oil, citrus peel and sprays are all useful in repelling cockroaches.
Bait: Mix ½ cup sugar and ¼ cup shortening or bacon drippings. Add ½ cup onions, ½ cup flour and 230gm baking soda. If you find some cockroach droppings, add some to the mixture as well. Add enough water to make a dough-like consistency. Make balls of bait and put them wherever you see cockroaches.

Snails and Slugs
Snails and slugs can be hand picked from the garden. Ducks and lizards will consume large quantities of snails and slugs. Crushed egg shells on the garden bed around the base of plants will deter snails; as will sawdust or hay mulch. Overturned pots, containers or grapefruit skin halves placed in the garden with one side propped up a little will attract snails and slugs where they can be collected during the day. A container of beer placed in the garden, sunk to the rim will attract snails, where they will fall in and drown. Seedlings can be protected by cutting a soft drink bottle in half and placing the top over the seedlings until they harden off. This also has the advantage of protecting from other damage and forms a ‘mini greenhouse’ for the seedlings to get established. The large spotted slugs sometimes seen in gardens are leopard slugs. These do not eat garden plants, but consume mulching and dead material, and so are quite harmless.

General Purpose Insect Control
Citrus Spray:
Citrus sprays contain D-limonene, which is a by­product of citrus. D-limonene is effective as an insecticide. It works by disrupting the moisture balance of insects. These products may also be safely used as flea or lice treatments. They can be sprayed or sponged directly.
Method 1: Cut up 2 lemons (skin & all), & pour over 2 cups of boiling water. Let stand overnight.
Method 2: Use skins of 4 oranges and blend in food processor with 3 cups boiling water.

Insect Repellents:
Lavender oil applied onto exposed skin with a cotton ball is an excellent repellent for mosquitoes. Eucalyptus oil and tea tree oil also work well.
Citronella repellent products are a safer alternative to toxic sprays as insect deterrents in the house and yard.

Garden Insecticides:
Soap has been used for centuries as an all-purpose pesticide. It disrupts the cell membranes, and so the insect dies of dehydration. If you use too much soap in the mixture you will kill the plant as well, so don’t think “more is better”. The mixture here is quite safe to use in the garden. Use plain-pure laundry soap like Sunlight.

Garden Spray:
Use 50gm grated free tickets episode cake soap (or 2 tablespoons liquid soap) to 5 litres of hot water, and spray from a spray bottle as needed.
Garlic Variation:
Use 2-3 heads of garlic, crush and cover with boiling water and leave overnight. Strain and use the garlic water as part of the 5 litres of water to go into the soap
White Oil:
White oil or dormant oil is used to treat white fly, aphids, and mites.
Mix 1 cup of vegetable cooking oil, a half a cup of water, and a few drops of washing-up detergent. This base is the white oil mixture. Mix one part of the white oil mixture to 40 parts water and spray from a spray bottle as needed.

Our Wonderful Wildlife
A healthy garden doesn’t normally suffer from severe insect infestations. If you have used toxic pesticides for a long time, it may take a while for the natural balance to be restored, but it is worth it in the long run.

Planting native trees, bushes and shrubs will encourage wildlife to your yard. Providing an understory of shrubs and mulching gardens will not only conserve water, but will enable smaller insectivorous birds and native lizards to inhabit your garden as well. Providing a source of clean fresh water in an area safe from pet dogs or cats will also encourage native birds to your yard.

Take a close look for any hollows in trees before lopping, as you may be destroying the home or nesting site of a native animal. Many of our native species live in tree hollows and can’t survive without them. Enjoy sharing our environment with our precious and unique wildlife!

This entry was posted on May 19, 2016, in Pesticides.