Sandy Point Wildlife and the WHiSPA Project
Sandy Point wouldn’t be the same without its wildlife - koalas, echidnas, wombats, possums and other native animals, together with an amazing range of birdlife. In 2017, a group of concerned community members got together and formed the WHiSPA project (Wildlife and Habitat in Sandy Point Action project) which is about protecting our native wildlife and improving their natural habitat in and around Sandy Point.
One of the key projects run so far by the WHiSPA group is the Sandy Point Community Koala Action Project.
This project is addressing issues facing the local koala population through:
1. Collecting information to help understand the situation of our koalas
2. Involving the community in looking after koalas
3. Restoring and revegetating areas for healthy and connected koala habitat
4. Creating a community action plan for managing koalas long term.
More about the Sandy Point Community Koala Action Project
This project is funded with
the support of the Victoria
Want to help or get in touch?
Want to help out on the project, join the WHiSPA committee, or volunteer for a planting day? Contact us at email@example.com or ring Caitlin on 0428 302 938 or Di on 0437392277
Wildlife rescue and transport
We've now set up a phone list of people who've volunteered to help with transporting sick or injured animals from or near Sandy Point to a local wildlife shelter. Thanks to those who have already put their hands up for this.
If you'd also like to be included on this list please contact Di on 0437 392 277. This is purely for transporting animals, not for catching them.
We are currently organising for another group of people to attend a training course run by Wildlife Victoria to learn how to safely catch sick and injured wildlife. If you'd like to be included for this training course, please also give Di a call.
Wildlife rescue contacts
For sick and injured wildlife, please call:
Wildlife Victoria – 03 8400 7300
Sue Moore, Wildlife Carer, Tarwin Lower – 0429 016 695
So what’s injuring and killing our wildlife?
Some of our wildlife have been injured and even killed by dog attacks and also by cars driving too fast around the township, so please keep your dogs inside at night and drive carefully, especially after dark when koalas and wombats are usually moving around their range.
The main focus of concern over recent years, however, has been mange. Koalas, wombats and even possums can contract mange. Wombats and possums we believe are in fact a primary source of infection for koalas. This has resulted in about 18 koalas having to be euthanised over 2016/18.
Mange is an infestation of the mange mite which burrows under the skin of an animal depositing its eggs and causing intense discomfort. If left untreated it will lead to a slow and agonising death for the animal.
If you see a koala or a wombat acting strangely, wandering around in daylight hours, or looking at all mangy, please let the contact listed below know. They will arrange for the animal to be picked up by a wildlife carer and treatment to be started immediately. Apparently time really counts for the successful treatment of this disease.
For more information about wombats and mange go to the Mange Management website. http://mangemanagement.org.au/
Our brochure A Guide to Living with Koalas in Sandy Point has more information about the problems affecting koalas in Sandy Point and how to deal with them.
A fridge magnet with details of who to call in a wildlife emergency is available free of charge from the Sandy Point General Store. Please pick one up and leave it on your fridge for everyone to see when needed.