Meetings are held in different locations on the Northern Tablelands every three months, alternating between Armidale and Glen Innes and we try to include an interesting guest speaker from among the many excellent experts available in this region.
Supporting members can be anyone with an interest in Native Animals and the work that NTWC does, just the same way as being a member of organisations such as World Wildlife Fund and others like it. You pay an annual membership fee and receive newsletters and invitations to all activities being held. This way you are kept in touch and can become as involved as you wish.
Supporting members are able to help in many ways, for example by growing native plants in your garden or culturing mealworms. You can provide a valuable fresh food source for both the injured and wild animals. Just collecting beetles and large moths and freezing them is a big help for busy carers. On promotional and fund-raising days we always need new enthusiastic helpers, also for the job of gathering interesting articles for the newsletter. NTWC is not funded by National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) or any other Government body and needs to raise enough funds to cover insurance, veterinary costs and many other needs of carers.
You can go on to become an authorised carer.
If you are over 18 years and complete an approved training course you can be trained to be an authorised carer. This meets the requirements set down by the NPWS licence.
Authorised carers are only required to do as much as they feel comfortable with and are given 24-hour support when caring for the first time. A good way to start is to do ’holiday care’ for a short time with an animal in a stable condition until you gain your confidence There is so much to learn about the many different species and being a member of NTWC puts you in touch with a wide network of experienced carers with help only as far away as the phone. Milks specially formulated for all mammals, foods for birds and reptiles are kept in stock and are available for the lowest price possible.
Being a rescuer is another very important job. Occasionally more than one person is needed to attend a rescue and this gives new carers an opportunity to help without having to make a long-term commitment.