Engineers Australia UK Chapter President Nicola Telcik volunteered for 10 days in March in regional Victoria ahead of commencing a new post with Arcadis.
Nicola helped at a local wombat sanctuary, Bellaboo, in Corryong, Victoria. At the sanctuary, there were six baby wombats in care, all with various backstories. The smallest was a ‘pinkie’ called Matilda, weighing in at under 150g and needing feeds every 4 hours.
Nicola also assisted in food drops and water feeds to wildlife in a nearby bushland, which is estimated to have lost 95% of its mammals in the New Year’s bushfires. Even six weeks after the devastating bushfires, it was obvious that the landscape is in need of intervention for flora and fauna regeneration.
It is so very sad to see one’s country so savagely burnt, it got so hot in the bush that the aluminium signs melted and large rocks cracked. With the selfless generosity of sanctuaries, like Bellaboo, at least we will have the next generations of native animals.
Australia is lucky to have such amazing marsupials, but they and their habitats must be protected for the future.