Bushfire rains could bring devastation to our estuaries and coasts
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As rains have fallen in bushfire hit areas in Victoria and New South Wales, conservationists have warned about the dire consequences for our estuaries and coastal waters from run off choked with sediment and ash.

Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) fisheries spokesperson Adrian Meder said essential fisheries and our beautiful…

Australia’s leading aid agencies issue plea to address rapidly escalating global climate crisis ​
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Four of Australia’s leading international aid agencies have joined forces to issue an urgent plea to the Federal Government to act swiftly to address the climate crisis, as fires continue to rage across Australia and millions globally face floods, crippling food shortages and other climate-related events.

World Vision Australia, Oxfam…

WWF: Hope for wildlife as koalas found surviving in burnt out forest
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In a story of hope, special detection dogs have found seven koalas alive amid burnt out forest at Maryvale on Queensland’s Southern Downs, and evidence of even more survivors.

The search, which is ongoing, is being funded thanks to generous donations to the World Wide Fund for Nature from locals…

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A rescued koala bear (Image Credit: RSPCA Victoria).
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RSPCA Victoria is calling all animal owners affected by the bushfires and agencies needing assistance with animal care needs to reach out in the wake of bushfires devastating the state.

RSPCA Victoria is calling all animal owners affected by the bushfires and agencies needing assistance with animal care needs to reach out in the wake of bushfires devastating the state.

A dedicated bushfire hotline will be available seven days a week for people to contact RSPCA Victoria about their pets, horses and hobby farm animals who have been affected by the fires.

Acting CEO Tegan McPherson said that the organisation will take the lead on pet welfare, while supporting other agencies to continue their work with commercial livestock and wildlife.

“These fires have had, and will continue to have, a significant impact on the welfare of pets, wildlife and livestock in Victoria,” said Ms McPherson.

“We are continuing to gather data about where we are most needed. So, if Victorians need help with their animals we encourage them to call our hotline so that we can provide assistance.

“Whether it’s food, water, shelter, property visits or basic pet care supplies like collars and leads to get you back on your feet, we are here for the pets and people of Victoria – now and in the months to come.”

RSPCA Victoria is currently working on an agile model of support including:

– Subsidising veterinary care for animals during the bushfire recovery period – this may include services at clinics or veterinary visits to properties;
– Providing fodder for people with horses who need support – this may include covering the cost of supply and/or delivery via local stock agents;
– Providing water for animals whose owners are not being assisted by other agencies.


World Vision joins leading aid agencies in call for urgent action in Syria crisis
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As hostilities continue to escalate in northwest Syria, eight aid agencies are today making an urgent call for an immediate ceasefire as they warn that hundreds of thousands of people – the majority of them women and children – fleeing the unrelenting violence are caught in a humanitarian catastrophe.


ICC continues partnership with UNICEF for ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020
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THE International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced it has extended its partnership with UNICEF through to the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2020 with the focus on empowering women and girls through cricket.

The extension of the global charity partnership will once again see the ICC provide UNICEF with a…

Children’s views unveiled on World Children’s Day
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THIS World Children’s Day – Wednesday, November 20 – UNICEF Australia has released the results of a three-pronged national conversation with children and young people, called #WorldChildrensSay, about the issues that they consider to most impact upon their lives in Australia.

#WorldChildrensSay consists of the submissions from a…