The Foundation is the only organisation in Australia whose philanthropy is an investment in our public estate, our unique species and our cultural heritage – for all to enjoy.
Help Animals Affected by NSW Bushfires
If you live near a bushfire affected area, we hope you and your family stay safe. To help animals affected by bushfires, please leave out shallow dishes of water for animals to drink from and bathe in - animals can drown in deeper vessels. Keep your pets indoors to avoid attacks, as animals will be coming nearer to homes seeking water and refuge. If you see an injured animal, please call 1300 0 WIRES (1300 0 94737).
Another very different way to help is to purchase a Cloth tea towel. This unique series designed especially by Foundation Ambassador and Cloth Founder, Julie Paterson will raise money for local organisations helping our native wildlife in bushfire affected areas. From the proceeds of its sale of $38.00, $20.00 will be donated to the Foundation. Julie was inspired to help as she has a studio in Blackheath and was so grateful to have been spared. The design for the first tea towel, is an image of the Banksia that was growing in her garden. A plant that needs the smoke of a bush fire to germinate.
Have a look at a list of all the projects from around the country that the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife supported so far in 2013. Thanks to your support, in 2013 we supported land and water conservation projects, including acquisitions of land for Australia's national parks and protected areas and revegetation and habitat regeneration works, threatened species recovery projects, cultural heritage conservation and celebration projects, parks for people projects where we improved facilities in national parks so that they remain great, accessible places for everyone to enjoy, and also supported environmental education work to engage the community in the conservation of Australia's environment. Thank you so much for your support!
As you can see from the 2013 project's list above, the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife has provided a great deal of support to conservation groups around Australia this year, and had some huge wins for our environment. But we can't rest on our laurels. We must grab the opportunities today to ensure a brighter future tomorrow. Inaction could mean that native animals are driven to extinction, and precious, irreplacable habitats are lost. Please give today to enable us to acquire land for protection, and conserve our native species—many of which are found nowhere else on earth.
Recipients of Private Land Conservation Grants are requested to provide an annual report. We ask that you prepare and lodge your annual report via our website as soon as possible upon completion of this year's project phase, and before the 30th June 2014.
All successful online report lodgements will be automatically acknowledged with an email containing the details of your report. Please let us know if you do not get this confirmation email so that we can assist you.
Our Projects Committee is very keen to see the wonderful results your efforts have delivered and to read your reports. They are just as keen to send you the next round of funding (if provided for in your current Grant Agreement) to sustain those efforts. A final report will clear the way for further application in our next round in February next year.
If you are unable to provide your report via the internet could you kindly let us know as soon as possible so that other arrangements can be made to help you meet this reporting date.
Thanks for Visiting our Garage Sale Trail event at Middle Head
Thank you to those who attended the Foundation's Garage Sale on Saturday 26th October at Middle Head, Mosman. As well as some good old fashioned buying and selling, there were live native wildlife displays and performances for the kids, bush tucker demonstrations, a sausage sizzle, and guided walks and cultural heritage talks by local rangers.
The Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife's Backyard Buddies program was at Macquarie Centre on the 13th and 14th of September. Kids of all ages came down to say hello to Emma Lipscombe from the Foundation, watch our Ambassador Ian Mortimer tell some exciting environmentally-themed stories with his amazing puppets, have their faces painted, and learn about native wildlife.
All three levels of government have come together with the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife to protect an area known as Heritage Estates. The high-conservation-value land of Heritage Estates is at Worrowing Heights between Vincentia and Erowal Bay, in the Shoalhaven region on the south coast of New South Wales. Heritage Estates is a 180 hectare “paper” subdivision of approximately 1,200 lots. The project will enable the purchase of as many lots within Heritage Estates as possible for inclusion into Jervis Bay National Park for permanent protection.
The Foundation is fundraising to build and establish a captive breeding program at Lithgow, NSW for Australia's only hibernating alpine marsupial - the Mountain Pygmy-possum.
This project was recently featured on ABC's 'Lateline'. Not only will this help bolster numbers of Mountain Pygmy-possums to ensure they do not become extinct, but it will also look at the possibility of adapting this species to climate change.