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Helping Native Wildlife in Need

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/12″ offset=”vc_col-lg-1/5 vc_col-md-1/5 vc_col-xs-1/5″][us_image image=”67172″ size=”full” align=”left” style=”circle” has_ratio=”1″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/6″ offset=”vc_col-lg-4/5 vc_col-md-4/5 vc_col-xs-4/5″][vc_column_text]By Annette Madjarian[/vc_column_text][us_post_date][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] Native Wildlife
A group of dedicated and hardworking volunteers are growing food for sick, injured and orphaned native animals in the care of local wildlife rescue groups – and they are asking for more helping hands to join them at the Growing Food for Native Wildlife project.

The project is held on the second Saturday of the month at The Hills Shire Council’s Community Environment Centre, located at Currie Avenue, in Annangrove.

Volunteers tend to the native garden plots which provides the much-needed food for native Australian animals – some of which are on the endangered species list and are at risk of disappearing forever. Currently, volunteers are growing a variety of native shrubs and flowers, such as Lilly Pilly and different Grevillea species. They also collect buds, foliage and shoots.

Hills Shire Mayor Peter Gangemi described the project as being “so rewarding”.

“It’s a great way to give back, meet like-minded people and learn more about our local environment and plant species, and of course – help our local native wildlife,” Mayor Gangemi said.

“I thank our volunteers, including those at our Environment Centre, and everyone who has participated in the Growing Food for Wildlife project. I also want to thank our wildlife rescue groups, including our local WIRES North Shore and North West branches and Sydney Wildlife Rescue, for everything that they do to care and support our native wildlife.

The project started in August after Shaun Warden (pictured), a branch executive at WIRES North Shore branch, contacted Council to source land to grow native plants to support animals in care.

Council already has a native garden at its Community Environment Centre and believed this would be the best place to run the project and engage its already strong and local volunteer base.

Mr Warden said the project had been beneficial for wildlife rescuers and carers, who participate on a volunteer basis.

“Our sugar glider, possum and nectivorous bird rehabilitators must browse the streets daily looking for food to feed the wildlife that they have in care. This also includes doorknocking and reaching out for permission to harvest edible foliage and flowers from hedges and street trees. This can be very time consuming and sometimes stressful,” Mr Warden said.

“Having these resources in the one place for the wildlife rehabilitation community will save us time and prevent compassion burnout,” he said.

The next working bee will be held on Saturday 11 February from 10am to 1pm.

For further details and to apply to the Growing Food for Wildlife project, visit Council’s website, and search ‘Growing Food for Wildlife Working Bee’[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Shaun Warden Pictured Working In The Gardens At The Community Environment Centre1 Helping Native Wildlife In Need

Bev Jordan

Bev Jordan studied journalism at Harlow College in the UK.  She achieves a Diploma in Journalism from the National Council for the Training of Journalists. After migrating to Australia at the end of 1984, she took up a Senior Journalist position with Cumberland Newspapers, based on the Parramatta Advertiser. She has since worked on the Daily Telegraph, Sydney Morning Herald and was a lecturer in Journalism at Macleay College in Sydney. Bev returned to Cumberland Newspapers (NewsLocal) and worked for 30 years covering all different mastheads, including Mosman Daily, Mount Druitt Standard and finally Hills Shire Times for the last 17 of those years. Bev’s passion has always been local community journalism.  She says “As a journalist, I have always seen it as my job to inform, inspire and involve.  I am a passionate advocate for organisations and people making a difference to the world around them. Connectedness is so important to the health of an individual but also to a community, no matter how small or large.

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