Wildlife Rescue Centre at Goolwa opens doors in September 2017

RESCUER: Volunteer animal rescuer Rena Robinson is on call 24/7 to rescue birds and other wildlife, such as this shingleback lizard.

RESCUER: Volunteer animal rescuer Rena Robinson is on call 24/7 to rescue birds and other wildlife, such as this shingleback lizard.

GOOLWA – Rena Robinson’s dream of a state-of-the-art wildlife rescue facility on the south coast has become reality, with the Wildlife Rescue Centre ready to accept patients next month.

Mrs Robinson, a volunteer rescuer with the Wildlife Welfare Organisation (WWO), has already treated a few animals at the new rescue centre at Goolwa. Patients have included an albatross and a shingleback lizard.

The centre, a hospital for rescued birds and animals, has been funded completely from fund-raising, community and council support.

It has treatment rooms and five new seabird rehabilitation enclosures, thanks to a $3750 donation from the Rotary Club of Goolwa.

Mrs Robinson thanked the community in helping the Wildlife Rescue Centre become a reality.

“Rob Morley was our builder and he rallied tradespeople to donate their services for the construction of the building. Everything has been done by volunteers, and Rotary and Lions have been amazing too.

“It just goes to show what you can achieve with a small group of people putting their heads together and getting a facility like this.”

The site was provided to the organisation by Alexandrina Council, and funds for construction have come from fund-raising and the WWO op shop at Goolwa.

Once it becomes operational next month, it will be all hands on deck.

“It’s very hands-on, it’s like a hospital, you’re putting tubes down, feeding them, giving them medicine and treatments,” Ms Robinson said.

“We need quite different equipment for different types of birds.

“We have just two rescuers including myself and we are on call 24/7. It’s full on. We can get up to 90 birds in one month, that’s the workload we have.”

It can be a confronting job for rescuers, who must capture animals distress, including large pelicans and even wedge-tailed eagles.

“We’ve had a few echidnas, lizards, pelicans and recently an albatross.”

  • To apply to volunteer at the centre, you must be 18 and have your own vehicle. Ph: 0434 114 628.
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