Queensland Wildlife Rehabilitation Council
Queensland Wildlife Rehabilitation Council Executives 2020
By Role & District Represented & by Organisation Represented
District 2: Northern Region
Wet Tropics / Cairns Marine
Connie Kerr- [Secretary]
I live in the Daintree and have been working with Wildlife for 20 years, starting out originally in Mid North Coast NSW with Wires.
I predominantly work with Bats and Flying-foxes, including presenting Bat Training throughout Australia.
I am also trained and experienced with Birds and Small Mammals (mainly Bandicoots and Melomys) and have some limited experience with Possums.
I have previously been both President and Vice President in various Wildlife Groups.
In my spare time, my partner and I run a business called Daintree Life and in the last 18 months have begun rainforest revegetation work in the Daintree. To date we have planted over 7,000 trees – expanding wildlife habitat. For all carers one of the hardest things about getting animals into care is being able to release them with the knowledge that they can be returned to the wild with sufficient habitat to sustain them.
I am also an avid photographer, with a strong interest in Wildlife and Nature photography.
I hope as the District Rep for Far North Qld, to be able to be a conduit for QWRC Wildlife members/Carers in this area and would like to encourage all members from the area to feel free to contact me for help.
District 4: Central Region
Mackay / Whitsunday
Phone: 0427 176 966
I rescued my first bird, a baby magpie, when I was in grade 5 (many moons ago now!) and with the help and support of my parents, successfully raised him. There was then a succession of rescued birds. Both my parents and Grandfather bred native parrots, so of course people would always bring injured critters to us.
The passion grew from there. Mum and Dad were always very supportive of my love for animals, putting up (and financing!) all the waifs that I managed to bring home. They recognised this passion and encouraged me to seek a future in this area.
I left school to work as a Veterinary Nurse and studied at TAFE to become a qualified Vet Nurse. I worked in several practices in Adelaide over the years including the After Hours Emergency Centre and lastly for 7 years at the Mile End Veterinary Clinic for Dr Robyn Stokes. Robyn still remembers having her toes lovingly chewed by baby wombats while she was doing surgery!! Robyn is a member of Fauna Rescue Whitsundays and I thank her for her continuing support of my wildlife care (including the toe chewing) and FR.
I joined Bird Care and Conservation Society, SA, in 1986, continuing as a carer and also as a committee member. Over this time I reared and cared for many different species of birds as well as creching magpies and crows. I guess the real novelty then was penguins in the bathtub!!
In this time I ended up rearing brushtail and ringtail possums, totally adorable creatures! This encouraged me to join Fauna Rescue of SA, who dealt with all species of wildlife, which led me on to caring for Red and Western Grey Roos and southern Hairy-nosed wombats as well as assisting with koala rescues.
My home was one of the main ‘rescue centres’ in the southern Adelaide area. My house and garden became a menagerie of rescued wildlife, never a dull moment as my girls and friends will tell you!! In between all this I did manage to raise two beautiful daughters and now have a gorgeous granddaughter.
Anyway, in 1997 my partner, Tony, decided to pursue his sailing career as a skipper and we moved to the Whitsundays. As there were no Vet Nursing jobs available here I started to volunteer at the local wildlife park, which led to employed work for several years. During this time I realised there really wasn’t a structured wildlife rescue organisation here. Linden (who also worked at the Park) and myself were getting inundated with injured and orphaned wildlife. We needed help!! After much deliberation with fellow wildlife friendly people we managed to co-erce a few of these people to form a committee and Fauna Rescue of Qld was formed in April 2001. The name has recently changed to Fauna Rescue Whitsundays. It was a bit of a long haul, with lots of hard work involved, liaising with government departments etc., raising funds etc. Thanks to a few good people, including our local friendly wildlife rangers, firstly Michael Overland, then Jo Wyeth and now Peter Sykes, we managed to get the organisation incorporated, up and running.
When the wildlife park closed (after being there for 7 years) I started working in the local tourism industry, doing accounts and tour bookings for 2 years. I left this job to work in a local pet supply store but am currently working for YHA QLD, back in the tourism industry.
My current positions in FRQ are Vice-President, Bird/Raptor/Echidna/Koala Co-ordinator. I am also a representative for FR on the stakeholder reference group for the Whitsunday Shire Council’s Biodiversity Levy Committee.
I have a keen interest in wildlife and their environment. I would like to quote a good friend of mine, David, a veterinary surgeon, who has helped me immensely when I lived in Adelaide, caring for injured wildlife….. Many moons ago now he said “Jac, you need to also concentrate on preserving the environment too, why waste all your hard work and money on rehabilitating these creatures if there is no suitable habitat for them to return to”. These words have echoed in my mind over the last few years and that is why FRQLD is not only caring for the wildlife, but also trying to educate the community and our members about caring for the environment as well.
I have joined QWRC as I strongly believe they are trying to improve wildlife rehabilitation in Qld through guidance and support to all carers, as well as liaising with governmental departments on wildlife rehabilitation issues. I believe I can help them with this as well as support the carers in the Mackay/Whitsunday District.
District 6: Central Region
Kim Palmer – [President]
Phone: 0448 376 467
I have lived in Muttaburra, part of Barcaldine Regional Council, for over 15 years. I have, along with my husband, been caring for animals and birds both here and in North Brisbane for over 20 years. I feel district 6 will benefit from having a representative who can voice the concerns of members and carers in our remote area.
District 7: Southern Region
Wide Bay Burnett / Great Sandy
Judy Elliott – [Grants Officer / Minutes / Secretary / Vice President]
Phone: 0428 980 814
I have been a carer over 20 years mainly specialising in the furries and I really love the pinkie macropods. I volunteered for many years at the Moggill Koala Hospital so also cared for lots of Koala joeys. We have Koalas on our land but have not seen one come into care in this area yet.
My husband and I purchased 240 acres in the Rosedale area and had it registered as Glider Gully Nature Refuge with the Queensland government. It is a Eucalypt forest with a wattle and grasstree understorey that backs onto a large State forest. It is home to an enormous variety of wildlife including five species of macropods, Koalas, Long-nosed bandicoots, gliders, and birds together with frogs, snakes, lizards and butterflies. We have yet to identify lots of the critters that we see and hear.
We arrived from the UK in 1988 and were delighted to learn that Koalas were resident in the area (Pine Rivers Shire) where we were buying land. We planted our block with natives and registered it with Land for Wildlife. We joined (and became office bearers) of the local branch of the Wildlife Preservation Society of Qld and I later worked for their Head Office in Brisbane. We also became active members of the Society for Growing Australian Plants. It horrifies us to see all the exotic plants that people have in their yards, together with all their cats and dogs!
We sold our property and spent 12 months travelling around Australia, visiting local carers wherever we could. We designed and owner-built an octagonal house in the centre of our block. We have solar power that we are very happy with, solar hot water and satellite broadband and eventually got a phone line buried beneath our 2km drive!
I am Secretary of the Qld Wildlife Carers and Volunteers group based in Bundaberg. I am also Editor of RnR QWRC’s newsletter. I would like to to meet (or at least be able to contact) the carers resident in District 7 who I represent. I am happy receiving phone calls or emails from other carers.
District 10: Southern Region
Sunshine Coast / Southern Marine
Phone: 0413 453 722
I became a registered wildlife carer ten years ago after completing a Wildlife Conservation Course. I had promised myself that once I left my nursing career, I would direct my activities towards conservation and wildlife management. I am currently a member of the Ipswich Koala Protection Society, S.W.A.G (Student Wildlife Association Gatton), W.P.S.Q. (Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland) and an Honorary Park Ranger with Ipswich City Council.
As a generalist wildlife carer, I have great pleasure in caring for all our creatures, great and small from the tiniest feathertail glider which I rescued and raised from five grams through to the big kangaroos. I am also passionate about the birds and bats in my belfry as well. My greatest pleasure is being able to release all of these beautiful creatures back to their natural habitat. However, my greatest sadness is that their habitat is disappearing at an alarming rate. This is why I believe that we need to stay acutely aware of what is happening and to try to ensure that there will be suitable habitats and management of our wildlife for future generations. How privileged we are to share our lives with such unique wildlife.
I am available to discuss any areas of concern that wildlife rehabilitators encounter either by telephone, email or ‘snail mail.’ I look forward to hearing from you.
Queensland Wildlife Rehabilitation Council Trustees 2020
Queensland Wildlife Rehabilitation Council