Australian Wildlife Sanctuary Bush Tucker Garden Project : Rotary Club of Picton


From the Ashes - Wollondilly Sanctuaries Project


The Rotary Club of Picton is delighted to announce support to the Australian Wildlife Sanctuary and the Bargo Dingo Sanctuary of grants totalling $100,000 to assist with bushfire recovery after the fire ripped through the site on the 19th of December 2019 via Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) 

Past District Governor 9675, Mrs Dianne North said “The RAWCS National Bushfire Appeal received donations from Rotary Clubs and Districts all around the world and it is wonderful to be able to see this money being distributed to where it is needed.  Rotary is proud to be supporting these two community organisations, the Bargo Dingo Sanctuary and the Australian Wildlife Sanctuary, that provide education and tourism to the Wollondilly area."


Brad Wilson Managing Director of the Australian Wildlife Sanctuary will be leading the volunteer team using this money to replace gardens, fencing, paths, signage and equipment lost in the fire. Brad stated “We are keen to get the site safe to reopen early in the new year and we are investigating a koala friendly garden in the future but the starting point is reinstating what was burnt and providing a safe working environment for our team & visitors”.

Lucille Ellem, President of the Australian Native Dog Society was excited to hear that the Bargo Dingo Sanctuary was successful in receiving this grant. On hearing the news she excitedly said “The team at the Dingo Sanctuary have had a rough couple of months since the fires so our volunteers are all going to be so happy to hear this good news, it will lift everyone’s spirits” .The funds will be used at the Dingo Sanctuary for educational displays in the Visitors Centre which was the heart of the Sanctuary. These funds will be used to reinstate gardens and pathways, shade for dingo enclosures and restoration of the memorial gardens and pond area. 

Both facilities lost buildings, gardens, fences & gates, teaching resources, signage, pathways and more.


Power has now been restored to the shared site and a lots of tree removal has already been completed so now it’s time to begin work on the infrastructure that is essential to enable them to reopen in a safe manner. Unfortunately this recovery will still take many months before they are able to open to visitors.


Locals can keep up to date on our progress through our Face book pages and websites.


We are so grateful to Rotary International and in particular to the members of The Rotary Club of Picton for their support” echoed both Presidents “our community is amazing” 


Austrailan Wildlife Sanctuary Before and After 



Austrailan Wildlife Sanctuary Before and After 



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