We have 2 classes of annual membership.
Active members are involved as volunteers in the activities of the group and pay a $10 membership fee.
Associate members (which can include groups) like to support the good work of the group but are unable to volunteer. Membership fee $20.
Some people support our work through regular donations. Click here for a membership form, click here to donate.
Our membership usually hovers around 120. We send an occasional email newsletter to members and supporters, and provide regular updates on our Facebook book. Our AGM is usually April or May.
2018 Office Bearers
President / Secretary Jenny Maclean
Vice-Presidents: Ceinwen Edwards and Ashleigh Johnson
Treasurer: Debra Johnston
Membership Officer: Ashleigh Johnson
Honorary Veterinarians: Tableland Veterinary Service
This frame over the bath was our nursery in the very early days. It is still there and gets used at the beginning of each pup season when we only have a handful of pups in.
We grew out of the bathroom pretty quickly, but it wasn’t until 2012 that we had a bequest that paid for the Nursery building.
High-rise living was our only indoor possibility for the first few years. We had to move the pups to the outside cage prematurely. We’d hang large sheets of cardboard to create the walls of an outdoor room, as well as cardboard on top, and set up a heater inside.
The OBJECTS of OUR CONSTITUTION
1. Wildlife care. To rescue, rehabilitate and release all species of bats with a high standard of care, as well as provide a sanctuary for some of those who cannot be released.
2. Education. Educate and raise awareness of issues affecting bats, involving
(i) bat carers and volunteers
(ii) the education community, teachers and students of all ages and disciplines.
(iii) the public health, research, scientific and veterinary communities
(iv) the general community
3. Actively seek partnerships in the community for all aspects of our work, networking with:
(i) other community groups especially those with environmental aims
(ii) public health, research, scientific, veterinary and education communities
(iii) other local. national and international bat groups
4. Habitat protection. Negotiate with landowners to facilitate the repair and protection of bat habitat, especially the Tolga Scrub.
5. Research. Support ethical research into the general ecology of bats and their management.
6. Advocacy. Advocate for conservation values of bats and their habitat.
7. Recognising the rights and responsibilities of Volunteers. Implementing an increasingly safe and harmonious volunteering environment.
8. Establishment of the Public Fund. To establish and maintain a public fund to be called the Tolga Bat Hospital Fund for the specific purpose of supporting the environmental objects/purposes of Tolga Bat Rescue and Research Inc.
Our first cage, built in 1996, and replaced in 2004 with a steel/concrete cage known as Middle Cage (between the Microbat Cage and large Flight Cage) or Orphan Season cage.