Friends of Bonorong fundraises for the immediate care of native wildlife in need.

With your help, we've raised over $90,000 for our critical care programs.

Photo: Michael Eastwell

MISSION

Our mission is to support Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary by fundraising for both for the immediate care of wildlife in crisis, and for the ongoing protection of Tasmanian and Australian wildlife in need. Through business partnerships, one off-donations and recurring contributions, our supporters play a crucial role in helping Bonorong ensure the survival of our wildlife.

Bill Harvey – President

VISION

A future where we empower Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary with an ever-strengthening financial foundation, enabling them to extend support, care, and rehabilitation to all injured and ailing wildlife in Tasmania.

Macropus giganteus (Forester kangaroo) trail

BONORONG'S WILD NIGHT OUT

Saturday 6th July 2024, 6-8.30pm

Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary - 593 Briggs Road, Brighton TAS 7030

Join us for an exciting adventure at Bonorong’s Wild Night Out Fundraiser! Experience how Bonorong comes alive after dark as you explore the Sanctuary ground after hours with our experienced guides.

Meet many of our special nocturnal animals as they begin to wake their nightly escapades, such as Tasmanian Devils, Eastern Quolls, Ringtail Possums, Spotted-tail Quolls, and all the usual favourites including wombats and kangaroos.

Delicious plant-based wood-fired pizzas will be available to purchase on site, as well as hot drinks and sweets. We’ll also be holding a raffle with a prize pool of almost $2,500. It’s jam packed full of awesome Tasmanian prizes and there’s something for everyone! Grab one ticket for $10 or three for $25, just follow the link below to get started. 

All proceeds from the Bonorong Wild Night Out will go directly to providing treatment and are for sick and injured wildlife that are admitted to the Bonorong Wildlife Hospital. The hospital sees thousands of animals every year and it is our state’s first and largest wildlife-only hospital. Please help us to assist wildlife in need!

FOUNDING PARTNERS PROGRAM

56 of 100 Registered

The Friends of Bonorong Founding Partners campaign was established in late 2021. This one-off foundation program is strictly limited 100 places and we are looking to fill our final spots through this campaign!

We are offering people the opportunity to become a Founding Partner through “100 Friends of Bonorong Founding Partners”. As a Founding Partner, you will forever be known as one who helped make this important initiative a reality. Your name will be etched in our history as being a key to the foundation of Friends of Bonorong.

To take part in this limited program, we are asking these first 100 people for a $2000 tax deductible donation. Your valued donation will be used to support the Bonorong Primary Care teams, enclosure maintenance and research efforts. In exchange, you’ll receive a range of benefits and join the rapidly-growing list of our amazing Founding Partners below.

Hurry – spots are strictly limited and are filling fast!

Benefits of becoming a Founding Partner

  • Annual Pass to Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary for a defined number of people (which can include children).
  • Recognition across multiple marketing channels including our website.
  • Ongoing and regular communication from the Friends of Bonorong Board.
  • ‘Behind the Scenes’ exclusives and networking experiences.
  • Early bird tickets to our annual fundraising gala.
  • A unique, individually-numbered limited edition print portraying a Tasmanian devil (painted by our very own ambassador Bonnie Sveen).
  • Your name etched on our Founding Partners honour board (constructed from beautiful recovered Tasmanian Hydrowood).

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Photo: Michael Eastwell

Photo: Michael Eastwell

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Please complete the form below and one of our friendly staff will be in touch shortly.

NICK Mooney

AMBASSADOR

For more than 50 years Nick has studied the impact on wildlife of changes in landscapes and peoples ’attitudes. Nick’s particular focus has been on trying to accommodate birds of prey and devils in development and dealing with new threats such as invasive species and disease. Nick initiated the government response to Devil Facial Tumor Disease. He is especially concerned about the gulf between reality and people’s ’perceptions of nature. To try and bridge the gap Nick has developed the ethical use of wildlife in education and tourism, presented at conferences at all levels including internationally, andengaged widely in public speaking.

Nick left the public service 11 years ago but continues as a volunteer with devil and raptor management. He also works with industry to assess the efficacy of threatened species management. Nick was a founding member of the Australasian Raptor Association (now BirdLife Australia Raptor Group) remaining its contact for managing raptor/stock interactions, is an active raptor rehabilitator in Tasmania and carries out monitoring and survey of raptors. He remains a regular contact for the media, continuing the long tradition of public engagement and wildlife advocacy.

George Bailey

AMBASSADOR

The sport of cricket gave me an incredible opportunity to see many parts of the world and made me appreciate the amazing wildlife and environment we have here in Tasmania. Bonorong’s work to ensure we care for these unique animals is nothing short of incredible and we are so incredibly lucky it exists. To be a part of an organisation that supports the tremendous work that Bonorong continues to deliver is exciting and to know we can make a really positive contribution to these animals’ lives, both now and into the future, is why I am proud to be involved with Friends of Bonorong.

From 2002-2019 George played cricket for Tasmania, Australia and the Hobart Hurricanes and many teams around the world. His talent and leadership qualities led him to captaincy in many of these teams and this has in part fostered a passion for team-building and a strong community focussed culture.

Post cricket playing days he has pursued this passion for team building and community and is an avid supporter of all things Tasmanian through being an owner of Body Fit Training fitness studios in Tasmania and as a selector for the Australian Cricket Team.

As an ambassador for Bonorong he looks forward to continuing to share the incredible stories of the work Bonorong does and the animals with whom we are lucky enough to share this wonderful Island with people from all over the world.

Greg Davoren

DIRECTOR

Greg has had a lifelong career in Corporate management and Financial control. His most recent role as Deputy General Manager of Brighton Council saw him responsible for the corporate side of the Council and financial controller of Council and its associated companies. His responsibilities and interests included strategic property outcomes. Greg was also the General Manager of the Brighton Industrial and Housing Corporation. His board experience includes founding Director of Microwise Australia, founding Director of CouncilWise and founding Director of The Derwent Estuary Program. Greg completed a bachelor of Commerce and IT at UTAS. He belongs to several professional associations including as a Member of The Australian Computer Society, a Member of the Local Government Professionals and a Fellow Member of the Certified Practicing Accountants.

Greg is not just business but also fun. He is a passionate traveller having visited 56 countries where he has a passion for local environmental and social causes. It is through his travels that he has learned to appreciate the raw beauty of Tasmania and the uniqueness of our precious flora and fauna. Greg is also an avid water lover. Be it sailing, surfing, diving or even snow skiing, if he is on water he is a happy man.

Michael Roberts

DIRECTOR

In 2018, while working in Boston, USA with the leadership of a manufacturing company, I asked myself a provocative question: ‘Why am I shifting the culture and performance of this company, here in America, when we have so many challenges in my beloved Tasmania?’ That question set in train the exit from the company I had founded 20 years earlier and the path back to making a difference in Tasmania. So I’m delighted to be joining Friends of Bonorong to foster and expand the brilliant work this proudly Tasmanian business is doing.

Michael is a highly experienced and adaptable consultant, facilitator and coach. As a practising Physiotherapist and Specialist WHS Consultant for over 30 years, he now works in Leadership Development Consulting and Coaching. A long history in human rehabilitation following traumatic injury and illness gives him a deep appreciation of the work done by the volunteers and staff of Bonorong.

Michael has developed and led cultural change programs across Australia, in New Zealand and in the USA. His work has focused on building cultures of respect made operational through practical initiatives and systems. With a long history of appreciating Tasmania’s wildlife and ecosystems, Michael has both an activist and corporate spirit. This combination, along with a deep respect for  has brought him to become a Director at Friends of Bonorong.

In 2020 he self-published a personal and leadership development book CHOOSE – How to thrive in a risky world based on a thoroughly road-tested approach to risk management in life.

Michael has also been a key mover in establishing Voices for Tasmania Inc. – a not-for-profit association determined to bring transparency and integrity to the Tasmanian political landscape.

Petra Harris

DIRECTOR

Petra is the Operations Manager at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary.

Petra is also a registered wildlife rescuer and carer and has previously worked with the RSPCA, where she became heavily involved with their wildlife ambulance callouts for several years.

Petra began her career at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary in 2007 and has an extensive knowledge and history of the organisation. Originally starting out as a Wildlife Keeper at Bonorong, her hard work, prior animal experience and natural touch with wildlife, led to her quickly becoming the Sanctuary Manager. Her calm and steady leadership and passion for wildlife conservation provides guidance and direction to the growing staff base under her management. Petra oversees all aspects of running the very complex entity that is Bonorong and has also set up and transformed the Sanctuary’s growing social media presence in a world that is rapidly turning to online sources for information.

Petra has been instrumental in the success of Bonorong’s conservation programs, all of which have the under-lying goal of preserving Tasmanian wildlife. These programs include the creation of Tasmania’s only 24-hour Wildlife Rescue Service, implementation of the state’s first seabird rehabilitation facility, maintaining partnerships with key stakeholders within the conservation sector and the creation of Tasmania’s first Wildlife Hospital. Her in depth understanding of all species involved in these programs has been pivotal to the successful outcomes for animals undergoing rehabilitation and for the future direction of the Sanctuary.

Petra’s intimate knowledge of Bonorong brings a unique linkage to the board group and she looks forward to using her passion and drive for conservation projects to help achieve the best outcomes for our native wildlife and the environment.

Bonnie Sveen

AMBASSADOR + DIRECTOR

Bonnie believes ‘conservation is a moral obligation and I am greatly looking forward to maximising her impact, campaigning to raise funds and to support the fantastic work that Bonorong does. She is honoured to use her platform and networks to create broader awareness of the struggles of Tasmanian wildlife and encourage more members of the public to do what they can to help them’.

Bonnie is an Actor and Voice Over Artist. She is a NIDA graduate and performed in Seven Network’s The Secret Daughter, Australian NETFLIX flick Escape & Evasion and is well known for portraying Ricky Sharpe in Seven’s Home & Away from 2012-2016.

Bonnie has been passionate about protecting native wildlife since she was small. She’s an ambassador for Save the Tassie Devil Appeal and a Bonorong rescuer, regularly checking the pouches of roadkill and flinging their bodies a good distance from the road.

Stephen Reid

TREASURER + DIRECTOR

Stephen is an experienced Chartered Accountant with skills across accounting, economics, and information technology. He is a Director at Glass Wall Lab Pty Ltd, a specialist business systems development, implementation, and hyper care business.

He holds a Bachelor of Computing and Bachelor of Economics, and Master of Professional Accounting from the University of Tasmania.

Stephen brings accounting and business experience to guide Friends of Bonorong through the regulatory compliance requirements, as well as guidance on creating a financially sustainable and transparent organisation. He has visited Bonorong ever since a Grade 1 excursion in 1992. Wombats are his weakness – We all know this and will use them to bribe him whenever it is necessary.

Suzie Nethercott-Watson

SECRETARY + DIRECTOR

Suzy is a highly experienced Non Executive Director having established and been active on multiple not-for-profit or government boards mostly environment and wildlife aligned. She has completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors course and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Suzy has over 23 years experience in wildlife rehabilitation having helped lead wildlife volunteer groups, delivered wildlife training sessions and sat on multiple state and federal level boards relating to the wildlife rehabilitation sector. Suzy is also a wildlife carer specialising in the tiny little pink furless rescued orphans taking them all the way through until they can rejoin their natural environment.

In addition to her wildlife sector work she has over 30 years professional experience across the commercial, not for profit and government sectors in executive CEO/COO positions. This unique blend of positions, sectors and business’s, enables Suzy to offer a strategic outlook which also understands business, people and government drivers.

In 2018 she founded a national registered charity called Two Green Threads to help normalise and offer resources for the mental health of Wildlife sector volunteers.

Hank Petrusma

VICE-PRESIDENT + DIRECTOR

Animals are integral to life in this world. I hope my years of experience in public life and business will assist Friends of Bonorong in their quest to make a difference.

Hank is director of EIS PROPERTY and has worked in the real estate industry for over 49 years. He was also a member of Tasmanian Parliament for 10 years. He is an accredited trainer and motivational speaker, across a number of different industries over the past few years, and he has trained people throughout Australia, New Zealand and USA.

Hank is also a life coach, helping many young men and women. He was part of the Rosny College Vocational Education Training program for 10 years – over that time interacting with hundreds of young people. Hank has been involved in many things at community level involving charitable, church, sporting and other organizations.

He has conducted numerous charity auctions for organisations such as Variety ,Make a Wish Foundation, Save the Children Fund and Ronald McDonald House Choir. He was also actively involved with the Hobart Chargers Basketball Team.

He was foundation Chairman of Common Ground Tasmania, dedicated to providing affordable housing (100 apartments built), including a commitment to assisting homeless people. He’s also past Chairman of Australian Rosny Children’s Choir, Tassie Devils, Tassie Women’s Islanders Team and other charities. He has a strong philosophy of contributing back into the community coaching and mentoring people.

Bill Harvey

PRESIDENT + DIRECTOR

Bill Harvey joined the Friends of Bonorong as President in 2023. Bill brings governance expertise and a wide network to the Board, being an experienced leader in local government. First elected to the City of Hobart Council in 2007, Bill currently chairs the Sustainability in Infrastructure Portfolio Committee, and led the City of Hobart to be the first capital city in Australia to declare a Climate and Biodiversity Emergency. In addition to his experience as a director and chair, Bill has been personally involved in Landcare since the 1990s and is the current chair of Landcare Tasmania. He is committed to the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, and is passionate about making Tasmania a genuine leader in environmental sustainability.