NATIVE ARC – MANAGERS REPORT
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.