We are a family team, living on 66 acres of mountainous bushland, bordering the Whian Whian state forest in Northern NSW Australia.
We are volunteers who care for most species of injured or orphaned native wildlife and aim to rehabilitate them to fend for themselves and be released back into the wild.
Our journey began by finding an injured Possum which had been hit by a car, we contacted a local carer who asked us if we would like to join their organisation, which we did and over a period of time attended training on the different species and learned the do's and don'ts of caring for native wildlife.
Why we do this is a question we are often asked , the answer is very simple, we love Australian wildlife and have a strong calling to do what we can in order to protect and conserve their dwindling numbers.
We are fortunate enough to have a forested property in order to do this, with an already established population of both common and endangered species.
Although we love what we do, it does come at a cost both financially and personally. As we are volunteers all our enclosures, equipment and food is largely paid for by us.
On a personal level, raising and rescuing wildlife is a 24 hour a day job, which means that we are restricted as to where we go, when we go, and even if we can go, so having a personal life or vacation can be a difficult juggling act.
We experience joy and sadness on an almost daily basis which can take its toll emotionally, however after saving an animal's life and seeing it returned to its natural environment in the wild, is a constant reminder why we do this.
We are very privileged and fortunate.
2 December 2013, Author: Lisa Kable
Sue Ulyatt from Rosebank has been announced as the Conservation Volunteer Award winner for the 2013 NRMA Helping People Awards.
Sue Ulyatt has devoted her life to the rehabilitation of our native wildlife. She is responsible for bringing wildlife back to her home town of Rosebank and uses her property to release rehabilitated wildlife.
NRMA Motoring & Services' annual Helping People Awards celebrate the achievements of volunteers who work for charities or not-for-profit organisations in NSW and the ACT with four awards given in the Community, Senior, Conservation and Youth sectors.
NRMA President and local Director Wendy Machin was delighted that Sue had contributed so much to the Northern Rivers community.
"Sue is a selfless individual who continues to give up her time to benefit others," Ms Machin said.
"The NRMA wanted to let volunteers know their efforts were appreciated. Sue will receive a holiday for two, courtesy of NRMA Travel and a $5,000 donation to the charity they volunteer for."
Sue teaches new members how to care for injured or orphaned wildlife and has been instrumental in implementing online training for the charity, providing training in all species.
Sue is on call all day every day. Her nominator Sharon, also a volunteer, described Sue as a silent achiever and an inspiration to all who know her.