The Northern Rivers Wildlife Hospital
The Northern Rivers Wildlife Hospital Ltd (NRWH) was formed in January 2019 and has grown into a dedicated and passionate team of wildlife advocates, professionals and community members, committed to the rescue, rehabilitation, and preservation of Australian wildlife in the entire Northern Rivers region of New South Wales. Our mission is to provide first-class care for injured, orphaned, or diseased wildlife while promoting wildlife conservation and community engagement.
NRWH will service an area covering approximately 21,000 square kilometres, encompassing the population centres of Grafton, Ballina, Lismore, Casino, Kyogle, Byron Bay, Murwillumbah, and Tweed Heads.
NRWH is a not-for-profit
The Northern Rivers Wildlife Hospital is a community based, member-led, not-for-profit organisation registered with the ACNC. Thank you to all those who have made (tax deductible) donations to help support the hospital project to date.
NRWH Sod Turning 2023
NRWH secured a long-term crown lease for the hospital at Wollongbar. The site is centrally located and accessible to all 7 LGA’s within the Northern Rivers. In 2023 the sod was turned and construction is now underway.
NRWH Wildlife Van
NRWH received a Community Building Partnership Grant for our new Wildlife Transport Van, to help injured animals receive swift and professional care. The Northern Rivers Community Foundation provided an additional grant for the van fit out and signage.
OPERATE A FIRST-CLASS WILDLIFE HOSPITAL
To treat, prevent and relieve the suffering of orphaned, injured or diseased native Australian wildlife.
ADVANCE THE NATURAL ENVIRONMENT
By preserving and re-establishing the natural habitat of native animals and advocating for the protection of wildlife and habitat.
IMPROVE COMMUNITY KNOWLEDGE & ENGAGEMENT
By establishing research and educational activities related to environmental conservation and wildlife health.
GROW THE WILDLIFE MOVEMENT
By encouraging other local charitable, cultural and environmental projects that are aligned with our vision.
NRWH Values & Commitments
Our strategic intent from day-one has been a 'bricks and mortar' multi-disciplinary operation in a centrally located site.
We will not compromise our objectives of first and foremost treating injured wildlife and working with local care groups.
We take advice from the Veterinary Advisory Committee (VAC), a sub-committee of the Board including external appointees, who recommend best practice for wildlife on all matters related to the construction and operation of the NRWH.
Our business Plan has been informed on advice and suggestions from local wildlife care groups.
We are a public company governed by a multi skilled professional Board and accountable to our member base.
We are a registered charity with ACNC.
We are listed on the Register of Environmental Organisation (REO) under which our Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status is conferred.
We are independent of any animal sanctuary or zoo.
We spearheaded the Northern Rivers Wildlife Network (NRWN) and will continue to advocate for a regional approach to wildlife care treatment that will benefit all wildlife care and wildlife hospital groups in the Northern Rivers.
We will position ourselves to train vets so that they are properly qualified to treat wildlife and we will provide a significant educational and advocacy presence.
We have established strategic partnerships with local community organisations.
The NRWH Board has established positive relationships with many members of parliament and instrumentalities of government, evidenced by the grant of Crown Land for the NRWH.
NRWH Constitution & Annual Reports
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NRWH acknowledges all the individuals and groups that have assisted the wildlife hospital project thus far. This acknowledgement extends to donors, sponsors and suppliers that have provided hard funds and ‘in-kind’ support.
The project would not exist without the support and goodwill from the NSW Government and specifically the Department of Regional NSW and Crown Lands, Department of Planning and Environment. The Commonwealth government has also provided support through the Department of Industry, Science and Resources via the Black Summer Bushfire Recovery program.
Significant support has also been received from WWF Australia, the Northern Rivers Community Foundation, Ereshkigal Foundation, other private foundations that are preferring to remain anonymous, and individual donors.
Organisations and individuals wishing to enter into sponsorship or funding arrangements are invited to contact NRWH Fundraising Manager, Julie Burton, via email@example.com