A lovely lady named Belinda, who lives in Falls Creek on the south coast of NSW Australia, has been working to save animals her whole life. Luckily, her and her family were spared from the most recent fires. Unfortunately her lovely young family might be forced to sell their property, where they care for some of Australia’s most iconic animals.
Belinda and Phil do not want to receive funds from the community who have been directly affected by the fires or from other wildlife carers working tirelessly. This is why we’re asking for help from further afield.
Belinda is a trained and experienced zookeeper and veterinary nurse, and her husband Phil helps her by building enclosures and assisting with rescues and animal patients.
These guys have rehabilitated all kinds of animals great and small... kangaroos, wombats (up to twelve at a time), koalas, echidnas, birds, reptiles, turtles... and of course the property is also the forever home of 23 emus!
They’ve had two large fires - threaten the property (Currowan 313236ha & Comberton 2686ha) on either side of them but thankfully the property itself was spared. Unfortunately, they still face losing it. Only because of lack of funds.
Hoping for a “miracle” now to save the property.
To save this wonderful place I have decided to try to help them look for investors or interested parties to ensure it stays available to the local wildlife and community. They are hoping to let others-such as National Parks or Wildlife groups, use a portion of the land for development of wildlife vet hospital facilities, if they can save the property.
The location is central to many wildlife departments and organisations who will be instrumental in the recovery and rehabilitation of many animals and habitats.
The property is already geared towards the rescue, treatment, rehabilitation and release of native wildlife with an animal nursery and macropod (kangaroo, wallaby) and wombat facilities already established over the last 5 years. It is a 70 acre block of bushland (which is becoming rarer in the Shoalhaven) and is therefore an important wildlife corridor that remains untouched by fire. Australian wildlife are constantly at risk and now face an even bigger threat after so much habitat loss in the area. Our biggest concern is helping the carers to ensure the survival of the greatest wildlife numbers possible. This type of facility is so limited & necessary in the area. A lot of wildlife facilities are overflowing with victims.
Our wildlife is vulnerable now more than ever. The aim is to continue and hopefully expand care for them and give them hope for recovery after this disaster. Please help us to help them.
I know it would mean the world to her family and the local community and wildlife if we could save this little slice of the south coast. Let’s keep her lifelong animal rescue battle going!
The last thing we want is for some developer to buy it, or to see all the animal enclosures wasted. There are very limited wildlife shelters with these kind of facilities and the few who do have them are always full or overflowing all year round even without the bushfire emergency.
It will take a lot in order to save the farm but any funds raised will be put to good use for the wildlife and local community if it’s not enough to save the property. If we raise enough, they might be able to expand to save even more animals!
Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions. Don’t forget to share!
Thank you for all your support <3
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Please note, due to sorting out the legal hassles and permits required to keep emus, we are not currently a fully registered NGO so any donations at the moment are non tax-deductible, despite Belinda being a fully licensed and registered wildlife carer. This also means that they will pay income tax on any funds received. We are looking into fixing this if we can save the property - Belinda and Phil do not have the capacity to set this up at the moment as they are unsure how soon they may have to leave the property. If they do have to move to a new location, they will not be able to keep their wildlife efforts going and so would no longer need the NGO status. As it is a lengthy and time consuming process with added obstacles from the ABN for keeping emus, this is not a viable option for Belinda and Phil at this time. (Belinda has just lost a family member and Phil is in remission, while their son has just started kindergarten). We thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter.
If you have experience in navigating the NGO application process with a pre-existing ABN and would like to help, we are happy to discuss further.
- Lynne Dufort
- Kathy Syben
- Rose Riddington
- Samantha Burton