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Native Arc Autumn News 2013

Native Arc Autumn News 2013

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Published by Emma Kaczmarczyk
Native Arc is a non profit organisation that provides medical care and rehabilitation services for injured native wildlife in the south metropolitan region.

Native Arcs Newsletter keeps you in touch with it's important work rescuing and rehabilitating wildlife in Western Australia.

Native Arc is a non profit organisation that provides medical care and rehabilitation services for injured native wildlife in the south metropolitan region.

Native Arcs Newsletter keeps you in touch with it's important work rescuing and rehabilitating wildlife in Western Australia.

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Published by: Emma Kaczmarczyk on May 03, 2013
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There has been a lot of activity at the centre over the last 12 months. This has been facilitated by ourfantastic group of committed volunteers who give their time not only caring for wildlife but also assisting infundraising, education and other activities that increase the capacity of the centre to provide the communitywith the opportunity to bring injured wildlife to the centre and learn about sustainability practices.Native ARC is open 365 days a year and operates an afterhour’s service. We are able to do this due to ourvolunteers providing their time to keep the centre open even on Christmas day.Over the past 12 months four new enclosures were built based on DEC standards. Streamlined procedures inthe hospital and in the second and third stage rehabilitation areas has also resulted in an increased numberof wildlife recovering and released back into the environment. The centre successfully obtained a new grantfor 2013 which will enable the construction of additional enclosures.Volunteer numbers have increased and a revised induction process, mentoring and in house training hascontributed to the up skilling of new and existing volunteers resulting in enhanced outcomes and theenjoyment experienced by each volunteer.
Over 1400 animals were admitted in 2012 and 65 rescues were undertaken by agroup of intrepid volunteers committed to saving wildlife from very difficultsituations. Over 20,497 volunteer hours were recorded. This does not include rescuehours, home care, fundraising, training and other related activities.
The centre continues to offer placements for people with disabilities and hosted over 17 corporatevolunteering days on site. In addition over 2,200 primary/secondary school education hours were providedand 26 schools participated in work experience programs. In addition to TAFE and university placements,training for veterinary students and nurses was provided and in excess of 1900 specialist training hours for inhouse volunteers was undertaken.
 At the 2012 AGM two new Executive Committee members were appointed bringing the number of membersto eight. The committee comprises of members with financial/accounting expertise, small businessexperience, private sector policy/legislation experience at a State/Federal level, public sector experience at asenior executive level, experience relating to running a not for profit organisation, and 2 DEC RegisteredWildlife Rehabilitators. This broad range of experience is invaluable as the centre moves forward andparticipates in current and future initiatives. A Charitable Collections Licence a new requirement of the W.ADepartment of Commerce for any non-profit organisations wishing to undertake fundraising activities hasbeen obtained.Native ARC continues to participate as a member of the Cockburn Wetlands Precinct and the group isworking towards developing the precinct as a sustainability showcase and resource for the Cockburncommunity.While there has been substantial development over the last 12 months the centre will continue to worktowards pursuing ongoing improvements and expanding our educational role to ensure all levels of thecommunity appreciate the importance of protecting the environment and the wildlife that inhabits it.Partnerships with the private, public and community sectors will continue to be developed as the centreexpands its capacity to care for wildlife.
Of course all this would not be possible without the assistance of a fantastic group of volunteers who are the backbone of the organisation. We are very lucky to havethem and recognise their commitment to wildlife and the environment.
The Executive Committee
This year has kicked off with lightning speed with a huge calendar full of training initiatives. Native ARC prides itself on its training programs for its volunteers and feedback received has been nothing but positive. In addition toproviding training to its own volunteers, Native ARC provided training for carers from numerous wildlife centresacross Perth and even some carers from Busselton.“One of the volunteers said to me that we provide such brilliant training and we don’t charge enough for the amountof effort that goes into all the planning. Whilst I can appreciate this, we are just so appreciative of all the volunteersfor giving up more of their time, on top of everything else they do for the centre. We like to provide this training as away of saying thank you” -
Dean Huxley, Animal Care Coordinator 
Volunteers attending an “Assessment & Examination” workshop presented by Dean Huxley.

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