Wildlife Conservancy of Tropical Queensland
The Mareeba Tropical Savanna and Wetland Reserve was conceived in 1994 and the Conservancy, initially known as the Mareeba Wetland Foundation, was established in 1995.
Since the opening of the Reserve in September 1999, the Conservancy has worked tirelessly through its Board of Management and small army of volunteers to ensure that Reserve is maintained and developed in line with its original goals and aims - to create a Reserve of significant regional biodiversity value in its own right. This would also allow visitors and local people to experience a tropical ecosystem totally different from the reef, coastal and rainforest environments and still within one hour of Cairns International Airport.
In 2006, the Mareeba Wetland Foundation launched the Wildlife Conservancy of Tropical Queensland to reflect its wider range of activities as a regional conservation body.
The Wildlife Conservancy of Tropical Queensland is a non profit environmental organisation with a decision making structure based on a locally-based Board of Management, supported by a Council of Governors; all of whom are entirely voluntary. Prof David Bellamy, OBE, is currently Chairman of the Council of Governors. The Mareeba Wetlands project was conceived, fundraised and directed by Tim Nevard OAM.
Education and community involvement is a crucial element of the long-term strategy for the Reserve, and the Conservancy has successfully brought a wide range of community groups together with government agencies traditionally involved in nature conservation.
Local schools visit and support the work of the Conservancy and the Reserve is used for field trips by universities and colleges such as James Cook University and the University of Queensland, as well as student groups from overseas.
The Conservancy works with a number of groups such as the Tableland Bird Breeders Club, the Tableland Fish Stocking Society, the Society for Growing Native Australian Plants, Tablelands Frog Club, Cape York Herpetological Society and FNQ Wildlife Rescue.
Projects with species such as Brolgas and Sarus cranes, and Gouldian finches provide a cornerstone of the interpretation within the Reserve, bringing together endangered species and the people who can help them.
The Wildlife Conservancy of Tropical Queensland has a membership of several hundred supporters, and many members become actively involved on the Reserve or help in a variety of ways.
Volunteering at the Reserve offers locals and visitors alike the chance to experience life in the Australian bush and at the same time contribute valuable hands on work to our conservation initiatives.
Donations And Sponorship
The Conservancy is very grateful for ongoing support from local people, the wider business community and companies and individuals who have provided financial and 'in-kind' support through sponsorships and donations.