Port Stephens Koalas
Port Stephens Koalas was established in 2016. This organisation is the new embodiment of the Hunter Koala Preservation Society (HKPS) formed in June 1987.
The name change of our organisation became necessary as technology advanced and people outside the Hunter Valley interested in our koalas, misinterpreted “Hunter” as meaning that we are “hunting” koalas, when our intentions are about “saving” koalas. Statutory obligations had also progressed so greatly that a new constitution was necessary. Further, to raise more funds to support our work, the Society needed to gain Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status through the Register of Environmental Organisations (REO). The Society is now a company limited by guarantee and well placed for the future.
The main impetus for our formation was the continual threat to koalas from impending development and the resultant loss of their habitat. The Society maintains a comprehensive data base of sick and injured koalas’ statistics going back to 1995 which assists in identifying accurately where this unique Australian marsupial lives.
Port Stephens Koalas aims to provide the world best practice standards of care to sick, injured and orphaned koalas to give them the best opportunity to be returned to the wild, while supporting research and collaboration to preserve their habitat to ensure that future generations may continue to enjoy seeing wildlife in their natural setting.
These people all volunteer their time and skills to help Port Stephens Koalas:
PRESIDENT, CARER AND RESCUER
President (2016), Carer and Rescuer since 2010, with broad understanding of Habitat, Care and Rescue, Hospital, Promotions and Committee operations.
SECRETARY & PUBLIC OFFICER, KOALA HOSPITAL PROJECT MANAGER, PUBLIC FUND DIRECTOR
Major project manager in Australia & internationally. Past Chairman/Director Auscoal, Joint Coal Board, Westpac Rescue Helicopter service. Cert 4 Trainer Assessor. Level 4 Mine Safety Competent.
Karen runs a successful accounting and bookkeeping business. Living in Mallabula, Karen recognises the dwindling number of koalas visiting her property and wants to help reverse that trend.
TAFE teacher and Workcover High Risk Assessor, Michael is focusing on the Hospital project - policies, training and risk analysis, and becoming aware of koala care needs.
CARER AND RESCUER
“I want to continue seeing koalas in my garden.” This simple phrase motivated Julie to become a carer. Julie is also SLSC lifeguard at Fingal Beach.
Director and Habitat Officer
Glenn moved to Australia five years ago with his family for work and lifestyle opportunities and now calls Port Stephens home. His career has included land development, urban planning, asset and land management in the private and public sector. Glenn was involved in the inception of the proposed Koala Sanctuary at Treescape during his time with Port Stephens Council, and is an excellent addition to the team.
DIRECTOR AND PROMOTIONS OFFICER
Volunteer (2016) assisting with Administration and Promotions.
Dr Rod Starr
Public Fund Chair
OAM for service to veterinary science and community
Click on the link below to find out more about Dr Rod Starr
HOSPITAL & CARE CO-ORDINATOR HOSPITAL & CARE N/C SUPPORT CARER RESCUER & CO-ORDINATOR
Kate has a Certificate IV in Captive Animal Management and a passion to learn as much as she can about caring for wild koalas. Kate is the Coordinator of our new rehabilitation facilities.”
JOEY COORDINATOR, CARER & RESCUER
Sue has been a carer and rescuer since 2004 and was President for 4 years. Sue is the Joey Care Coordinator, provides backup to Simone and supports all the carers.
CARER & RESCUER
Marion’s carer training is so she can support home carers as well as the Hospital. Her background is in TAFE teaching Communications and Administration.
RESCUER AND SUPPORT CARER
Vanessa has an affinity with all animals, but especially horses and koalas. She’s been rescuing koalas for a few years and has seen us grow from a small group to a much larger one
Having a wealth of experience in koala care and rescue, Murray’s most important role now is to keep accurate data to prove where koalas live due to the constant threat of clearing habitat for development.
SUPPORT CARER AND RESCUER, ADOPT A KOALA PROGRAM OFFICER
With international experience in marketing, Lynda is a member of the Promotions Sub-Committee.
Since the day I saw an injured koala rescued near my own house, I’ve wanted to help in some way.
An experienced former carer, Julie and her husband Murray provide rescue support by transporting koalas. Julie plans to volunteer at the Hospital in the future.
I saw many injured Koalas who needed rescuing from power poles when I worked for Ausgrid. A rescue of a mother and baby led me to join Port Stephens Koalas. It’s very satisfying to play a part in helping these highly endangered animals.
RESCUER AND CARER SUPPORT
Supporting his wife Carmel Northwood’s obsession with koalas since 2010
Zoe is a Natural History Illustration student with a passion for art and wildlife. She has assisted with graphic design elements of the website and Adopt a koala certificate.
RESCUER AND CARER SUPPORT
Noel provides support to Sue and knows more than he lets on. He is expert at leaf picking, log collection and construction for cages, and repairing leaf cutters.
RESCUER AND CARER
Rescuer and carer since 2010, although her pet dogs and frequent holidays limit her caring capacity. June is an artist and potter.
Rescuer since 2010 with a background in forestry.
Roz is extremely passionate about preserving habitat and the unique wildlife of Port Stephens, so she is doing something practical and enjoyable to support busy carers.
An animal lover who wants to help her community, Naomi was encourage to help her partner John as a rescuer. As Naomi works she can only help after hours, but that’s often when rescues happen.
A semi-retired mechanical engineer with extensive management experience as CEO of two major global companies, Rob’s focus is on the Hospital project.
MEMBERSHIP OFFICER AND SUPPORT CARER
I have loved koalas since I was a little girl but never thought I would get the opportunity to actively work with them. I am so happy learning about these complex creatures and now appreciate their delicate situation in our area and Australia. I know they desperately need our help.
Old Chinese Proverb: The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The next best time is now. As one large tree can be cut down and mulched in an hour, "now" is critical. I've always been passionate about trees, seeing them grow not destroying them. I’m helping to cultivate a plantation of food trees.
We can’t let this iconic creature in the wild disappear without making the best effort we can to save it.
SUPPORT CARER RESCUER & ACTING RESCUE CORDINATOR
“I want to continue seeing Koalas around the Tilligerry and Port Stephens area, and want to help in any way I can.
RESCUER, LEAF PICKING, SUPPORT CARER & PLANTATIONS
To help preserve the Koalas habitat in the Port Stephens area to help this highly endangered species from becoming extinct.
I have decided to volunteer after being lucky enough to have koalas in my yard and would like to help keep their survival rates as high as possible so maybe others can share the same experience.
I love living in Port Stephens and I want to help preserve our local wildlife for future generations. It's essential we all share our space, live well and thrive.
I am a retired school teacher and nature lover. I realise how important it is to preserve our native animals' environment for the health of the earth and so our grandchildren will enjoy the beauty of our natural surroundings. The koala's future is in crisis and they need our help to fix this problem, that humans have created.
Heather currently works in aged care and was wanting to do something different for the community, so when she heard about the disappearing koala population in Port Stephens and a call for volunteers, she thought what an excellent cause. And of course, how can you not love koalas!
TRAINING CO-ORDINATOR, SUPPORT CARER
After moving to Port Stephens I wanted to get involved with the local community I love what PSK offers and it is a privilege to work with such precious animals.
SUPPORT CARER, LEAF PICKING
"I love Australia’s unique wildlife & want to do what I can to help protect it. I’m passionate about conservation and believe we should do everything we can to reverse the damage humans cause to our environment".
Retired having Managed companies & bringing up grandchildren. Now enjoying working with animals in need and volunteering to help the committee. Its so rewarding and challenging, still learning and training. Thought I had finished. Every day is different. Love it!!
SUPPORT CARER/SOCIAL MEDIA
As humans we take so much and return so little. It feels great to give something back. No matter how big or small, we all should do more to in return for all we take for granted. Working with koalas has been a really rewarding experience, knowing these little guys are getting the help and support they need and deserve.
It’s very rewarding helping what’s now an endangered species that’s been around for over a million years. Koalas are a big part of Australia and we need to keep the species going. Knowing I’m helping in that effort, no matter how small is great to be a part of.
TRAINEE SUPPORT CARER
As a volunteer for sporting groups for the Past 40yrs I answered a request for Volunteers from PSK out of a sense of duty.
CARER & RESCUER
Coordinator for several years, since training in 2012. Simone passionately supports scientific research to help save our koalas and their habitat.