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VBB’s webinar with NSW NPWS

25 Nov 2020, 06:30 PM - 07:30 PM AEDT

NSW government's bushfire relief for wildlife rehabilitators program: veterinary sector involvement

Peta Norris

Senior Project Officer, Wildlife Coordinator, Biodiversity and Wildlife Unit, Conservation Branch, NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service

Peta Norris has worked in conservation and land management with the
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) since graduating
with an honours degree in environmental science from The University
of Newcastle in the 1990s. She is now leading the NSW government’s
$1 million bushfire relief for wildlife rehabilitators program, having
recently led conservation and wildlife recovery programs across NPWS
reserves in the Hunter and Central Coast following the catastrophic
bushfires of 2019-20. Peta has worked in park operations as a ranger
and area manager for over two decades and has qualifications in
environmental science, ecology, environmental law, government
management, bushfire and incident management, and workplace
training and assessment. She has extensive experience planning and
delivering bushfire management programs in conservation reserves,
as well as leading bushfire suppression operations, particularly remote
area firefighting in the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.
Peta is one of a handful of NPWS officers qualified as a major incident
controller with the NSW Rural Fire Service and has contributed to the
design and delivery of multi-agency fire and incident management
training in NSW and interstate.

When she’s not at work, she can be found pottering in the vegie
garden or racing yachts.

Tim Johnson

Project Officer, Wildlife Coordinator, Biodiversity and Wildlife Unit, Conservation Branch, NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service

Tim Johnson has worked in natural resources management for fifteen
years across the public and private sectors. Since graduating from his
environmental science degree at the University of Western Sydney in
2004, Tim completed further studies in river restoration, conservation
land management, native vegetation and wildlife management. Tim is
now supporting Peta Norris to deliver the $1 million bushfire relief for
wildlife rehabilitators program. Tim has been with National Parks and
Wildlife Service as a planner for two years, working on the Strategic
plan for the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area and
evaluation of the national parks programs. Prior to joining NPWS, Tim
was the Natural Resources Team Leader at Fairfield City Council for
seven years; coordinating a team of three, a community nursery and a
NRM program with a budget of approximately $1 million a year. During
his time at council Tim worked with community groups and wildlife
carers to manage the Cabramatta Creek flying fox colony, including the
development of protocols to reduce flying fox mortality during heat
stress events. Tim worked his first fire season as a remote area
firefighter during over the 2019/20 period on the Gospers Mountain,
Ruined Castle and Erskine Creek fires.

During his time away from work, Tim loves to wander the bushland in
the Blue Mountains, camera in hand.

With special thanks to:


NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) brand | NSW Environment, Energy and Science

VBB's webinar series returns

Peta and Tim are picking up the work commenced by their NPWS colleagues Susan Crocetti, Gina Hart and Ron Haering to lead the $1 million bushfire relief for wildlife rehabilitators program funded through the NSW Environmental Trust. The program delivers outcomes across three streams:
  1. Direct support for wildlife rehabilitators through $500,000 of grants administered through the Wildlife Heroes program in partnership with the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife;
  2. Improving coordination and capability for wildlife response in bushfires, and;
  3. Improving access to veterinary services for wildlife in emergencies.
VBB's webinar series returns

Access to the recording is FREE

There is a dedicated Q&A session after the webinar with Dr Robert Johnson and Dr Michelle Campbell-Ward returning as panelists


Peta will outline the broad program and progress to date and Tim will provide an update on results of the after action review survey completed by wildlife rehabilitators and vets following the 2019-20 bushfire season.

Please share this event with any colleagues who may be interested in attending.

Registration for the event is FREE, and attendees may wish to express their support of our ongoing work, and preparations for the upcoming bushfire season by donating to Vets Beyond Borders here.

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Reflecting on the summer bushfires: The human response to the wildlife and ecological emergency

Dr Michelle Campbell-Ward

Taronga Conservation Society


When: Oct 15, 2020 06:30 PM – 07:30 PM AEST

With special thanks to:

VBB's webinar with Dr Campbell-Ward was held on 15 OCT 2020.

Dr Campbell-Ward discussed the animal welfare and ethical considerations in the response to wildlife casualties in natural disasters with a focus on the recent summer bushfires

An opportunity for AVERT members to discuss the challenges and complex animal welfare issues faced during the bushfire response. Compounded by unprecedented levels of media and social media exposure and the resultant immense public pressure to achieve positive outcomes, your vitally important role as veterinary volunteers became even more challenging.

VBB's webinar with Dr Campbell-Ward was held on 15 OCT 2020.