Team NQ Wildlife
Our Committee for 2022/2023
NQ Wildlife was established in Townsville in 1989 by a group of committed carers and incorporated in 1990. The initial objective of the founding members was to provide a support platform for wildlife carers residing in the area. We hope to give the animals and carers a good network of care To rescue, rehabilitate to release!
Giving our wildlife the best possible chance of surviving once released back into the wild
Positions that need you for 2022/2023
24hr Phone/Rescue Coordinator
Meet Your Team
My Name is Oscar Cole. I will be President of North Queensland Wildlife Carers Inc. for 2022/2023. I want to tell you all a bit about myself. I joined the association in early 2019, just after the big floods. Since then, I have cared for wallabies, possums, and birds; I also do any sort of rescues, including reptiles.
I will soon be graduating university with a Bachelor of Laws and Science; I have a particular interest in animal rights. I have previously acted as the President for another association. I am hoping to apply some of this knowledge and prior experience to the position.
Through my tenureship I want to place particular emphasis on expanding the associations community outreach. Most noticeably, this may come in the form of an education program, corporate sponsorships, more fundraising activities, and publicity. I am hoping the direct benefit of these initiatives will bring an increase in active members, a more informed community, and a greater disposable income.
Please contact me if you have any relevant skills or ideas to offer.
I will be at the Centre each Sunday in November and December. Please come in and say hello.
Lastly, there are a number of non-management committee positions that are yet to be filled. Please get in contact with me! if you are interested in joining us. The more help we have, the better.
Oscar Cole | President
A: 25 Aitken Street, Aitkenvale Qld 4814
My name is Bree Williams and I have been with NQ Wildlife Care Inc. for many years now. I started with NQWC caring for brushtail possums and other small mammals including bandicoots and quolls. I have previously held committee positions as Possum Co-ordinator, Membership Officer and Resources Officer. After many years of caring for possums, I swapped species and started caring for Macropods and am now one of the Macropod co-ordinators.
I started caring for Agile wallabies and after a while was asked if I could set up a pen large enough to house Eastern Grey kangaroos. I agreed as I had always wanted to care for them and I have acreage so I thought why not?….. I got my first joey and just like that I was hooked! They are such a gentle species to care for and completely stole my heart. Nowadays I mostly care for the larger Macropod species being Eastern Grey Kangaroos and the odd wallaroo however I still love the smaller wallabies, they have such naughty, cheeky personalities and are so much fun to care for.
My dream was to work in the animal industry however ultimately moved into a different direction within administration and finance. My current role as Business Service Manager for a government organisation has given me skills I believe will assist me greatly in the role of Vice President. These include staff management, finance, asset/fleet vehicle/building maintenance and management, procurement and change management.
I am excited to return to the committee as Vice President this year and am committed to working towards increasing community awareness, expanding NQWC publicity, educating members of the public, fundraising and supporting the members of NQ Wildlife Care Inc. by encouraging a positive culture within the organisation.
I have been a long term champion of our cause and what we do, being involved with NQWC gives me the opportunity to care for our native wildlife and ensure they are treated with kindness, respect and the dignity they deserve.
I am really excited for this year and where it will take us!
Secretary - Flying Fox coordinator - Wildman
I have been a member of NQWC for 30 years, Flying Fox coordinator for most of that time, and I have also held the positions of Publications Officer, Training Officer and President.
In addition to flying foxes, I also care for a variety of birds.
I am a retired law lecturer – my area of research was wildlife law – and when I am not rescuing, feeding, medicating and cleaning, I am also involved in politics. I believe that our political system needs to be transformed to ensure that our wildlife is valued and protected. Caring for animals is wonderful but I want to also address the issues that bring wildlife into our care such as land clearing, pollution, barbed wire, shooting, domestic animal attacks, road accidents, cruelty and generally lack of effective legal protection.
I moved to Townsville 20 years ago from Melbourne. I ran my own bookkeeping service for nearly 30 years both here and in Melbourne. I have been retired for a few years now and I am a member of several not-for-profit groups and have served on other committees, usually as treasurer or a similar role.
My role in NQWC Inc. is to keep the books of the organisation and make sure we comply with the accounting standards so that we can be audited, as we are each year. We are registered to receive tax deductible donations and there are special regulations and reporting applying to these funds as well. Keeping track of income and expenses is very important to the smooth running of the group.
Fundraising is very important to keep the lights on so if you have any suggestions for income making activities, please contact me or any other committee member, we welcome all suggestions. Even better, get involved on the committee, it is a great learning experience.
Webmaster, Social Media, IT
Hi, Members I’ve been your website and social media person for the last year and have again put my hand up to help the organisation with my IT and website skills. I’ve been a carer for only a short time since April 2020 after seeking out ways to help our wildlife during those terrible fires, I started making koala mittens then joey bags liners, and 3D pouches, and while searching for a place to drop them off I found NQ Wildlife and have enjoyed caring for Agile wallabies ever since. My goals for the website have been to make it more user-friendly and informative, to help the organisation connect with its members more, and to give NQ Wildlife an emotive connection online with both members and members of the public. With Social media, I have tried to give us a high profile with event listings, branding, videos, and informative graphics to share. I’ve also been acting as a publications officer to get email newsletters out to you via the website, if you haven’t received any Newsletters please check your email spam box and if not there then email me. In my spare time, I play in bands, teach African drumming, build other websites, and care for the joeyboos. If you have any trouble navigating the website please get in touch.
“Hi all! My name is Kassandra Kurtz and I am this year’s fundraising officer. I am an international student from the US studying at JCU, and I have always had a deep passion for wildlife. Many of my friends could never wrap their heads around me saying “That creature has just as much of a right to live as I do,” and I try to embody that as much as possible. As I am new to the area, I have many things to learn, but I am very excited for this committee and I know that they are happy to help me just as much as I am happy to help them. NQWC is my first opportunity to really get hands-on with wildlife care, so I’m excited for my passion and commitment to grow even more. Outside of wildlife, my other interests surround the water, and I can often be found searching for a river that I can float down, kayak through, or swim in with my family, friends, or my dog. I can’t express enough my anticipation for this upcoming year, so let’s see where we can take it!”
Echidna & Macropod Coordinator
Margaret has been a carer at NQ Wildlife since 1981, She specialises in macropods needing critical care, she is our first contact after losing mum for many of the macropod joeys that come into care, after they are established and doing well they then go to the carers. Margaret is currently the Echidna coordinator and one of the Macropod coordinators, her knowledge of both the echidna and macropod family is immense
Micro Bat Coordinator - Wildman - Restricted Medicines Compliance Officer.
I was recruited as a RN from Scotland to Townsville in 1994 and worked as a Breast Care Nurse at the Townsville University Hospital till I retired in 2011. I promptly joined NQWC and became hooked on caring for bats. I become the Microbat Coordinator in 2013 having fallen in love with my little Freetail treasures.
I’ve also held various positions on the management committee including Training Officer and Covid Resource Officer. I’m currently one half of the ‘Wild Women team’, training and supporting members on the use of our database Wildman and the Restricted Medicines Compliance Officer.
My main role however is train and support my Microbat carers and spread the word on how rewarding it is to see them fly back to their families after being in care.
I hope to encourage many more people to join us on the microbat team, to care and be challenged by these special little mammals
My name is Tracey & I’m your Macropod Coordinator. I have cared for these amazing animals since 2010 & am passionate about their welfare & care, I have a particular interest in the treatment & control of disease & illness affecting these magnificent creatures & love to mentor new carers at the start of their maccy journey. I have held the position of Maccy coord for the past 5 years & feel very honoured & grateful to do so. A bit about myself…..well I’m a Registered Nurse ( in my other life) & live at the beautiful Forrest Beach I’m married to Kevin ( also a carer) & specialise in the bigger species such as Eastern Grey kangaroos & Walleroo’s. However, although macropods hold a special place I am passionate about all animals & their welfare including the care &. treatment of our farm animals & try to advocate on their behalf at all times
My name’s Chris, I’m the husband of Helen. She feeds & attends wild Australian native birds needs nearly all day long. She doesn’t drive so I attend committee meetings & hence, have the position on her behalf of bird coordinator.
I do however have concerns that what our mission is could create ecological problems more than being beneficial very easily so follow the code of practice as best you can & we’re here to help, thankyou!!
Possum Small Mammal Coordinator
Let’s Grow Together
Become a member and get involved
Help us rescue and rehabilitate our native wildlife