Meet the Directors

Amanda Cox

Public Officer

Amanda holds a degree in Science, an honors degree in Psychology and a masters degree in Social Administration. She is a consulting psychologist and has been the Public Officer of and member of the board since the Wombat Protection Society formed. Her vision for the Society is to bring individuals and groups concerned about wombats together, to share knowledge and to understand differing ideologies in care and management and to develop welfare advocacy. Her interests include understanding wombats from both the behavioural and psychological perspective, the interface between humans and wombats and animal welfare issues for wombats. Amanda regularly speaks to groups about wombats and presents Society information at Conferences and education/ training days. She has raised wombats and lives on a release site. She once stated she is either going to be or was a wombat in a former life and has a vested interest in their welfare either way. She sees them as one of the most fascinating animals to study “because, they humble you; as soon as you think you know something about them, along comes one and does the complete opposite.” Sitting for hours and nights on end in the bush observing wombats has not only been an privilege but it taught me to slow down, observe and “be part” of an amazing experience. Unlike domesticated animals wombats won’t be “trained”, rather, they train you. It takes a certain type of person to cope with being trained by a wombat”

Shirley Lack

Director and Treasurer of WPSA

I was caretaker at Epping Forest (Northern Hairy nose wombats) with a friend in 2007 and again in 2010 with my husband. I have held many positions in the wildlife sector including treasurer and committee member for NANA for 10 years, Treasurer and founding member of NSW Wildlife Council and Treasurer and committee member for a great little group in the Braidwood area. (NARG) I am also a director and treasurer for the Wombat Protection Society of Australia.

I have been a wildlife carer for 35 years and devoted the first 5 years to caring for Macropods. 5 years after I started caring I had the privilege of having a baby wombat presented to me to raise, the wombat (Tilly) changed my life and the life of my family.

I cannot remember a time when I have not had to feed a baby at least once a night. As some wombats can become very vicious and hard to handle just before release my husband and I both feel that our use by date is running out as far as caring is concerned, I say this every year but as babies continue to come into care I seem to always have a full house. I am very passionate about the welfare of wombats especially caring for and raising orphans of all sizes, it has to be done correctly for the safe release and welfare of the animal. Caring for wombats has become my life and I have found likeminded friends among the other directors who are all as passionate as I am, being a director of WPS is a great privilege the I cherish.

David Alder

Chair

David has a degree in geology. He has also completed a post graduate certificate in Ecotourism. David has authored some 16 science papers, The Layers of Time (popular geology of the Blue Mountains), as well as assisting with the Blue Mountains World Heritage Application and  AusGeo’s editorial staff with the Blue Mountains book. The Alder family has been caring for orphaned wombats for 20 years. David and his partner Suzanne are foster parents to a growing family of wombats, soft releasing on their 120 acre forest property at Hampton. They also have four children and two grandchildren who fit in around the wombats. They have also assisted in collecting samples for university wombat research projects and provided support in managing wombats on properties.

Oma Roger

Director

As a youngster I watched the ABC news each night, fixated on the bulge in the newsreader’s jacket. It was a baby flying fox called Archie. Richard Morecroft went on to write a book about Archie’s rehabilitation, and I was hooked. Based in NSW my dream from that moment was to join WIRES as soon as I was old enough. Time however intervened, and I found myself in Tasmania and WIRES-less. I asked my local vet if she knew anyone who could mentor me in the world of wildlife rehabilitation and 18 years later I am still as passionate about wildlife as ever. I have seized every opportunity to expand my knowledge, and attended absolutely every workshop on offer, and there is still so much to learn. I joined the Wombat Protection Society of Australia as a board director and began to raise wombats along with many other species including wallaby, possum, bandicoot, devils, quolls, echidna and many others species. In 2014, coordinated Tasmania’s first Australian Wildlife Rehabilitation Conference. In between caring for my many orphans and injured wildlife I helped establish the Tasmanian Wildlife Rehabilitation Council as the peak representative body working to support wildlife carers in our state, and currently serve as its President. Above all else it has been my privilege to work with our precious native animals.

Marie Wynan

Director

I’m a proud mum of two adult sons and married for 29 years to Raymond Wynan. My husband and I have been wildlife carers since the first kangaroo Joey made his way to us one week before our first son was born 26 years ago. My husband and I own and run Jarake Wildlife Sanctuary, 130 acres Conservation area next to Glenbog State Forest at an elevation of 1200 meters in South East NSW.

I’m a qualified Veterinary Nurse at Southern Cross Wildlife Care and Referral Centre and also have a certificate III in Animal Studies, both attained under Dr Howard Ralph.

My heart belongs to wombats and have raised and released far too many over the years. My passion is to interact and study the adults’ social structure and behaviour, spending many hours “in the bush”.

It is heartbreaking to see MANGE; therefore Raymond and I have been treating mange since 2005. ROADKILL; always pulling mangled bodies off the roads and checking pouches. HABITAT DESTRUCTION; Since 2014, my husband and I have fought with and then educated NSW Forestry Corporation, especially in Glenbog SF, to get better protection of wombats and their burrows during logging resulting in the “Glenbog guidelines”.

I believe my fighting spirit and determination for wombats comes from my background of six years in the Swedish National Cycling Team, competing all over Scandinavia, Europe and the USA.

Lyn Obern

Director Membership Officer

Lyn has an honours degree in graphic design, working for a publishing company in London, but changed career direction after the arrival of her four children to become a Registered Nurse.

After her immigration from the UK, her passion for wombats came from her driving to visit sick patients early morning and stopping to check recent wildlife roadkill on her way. Rescuing pouch young and delivering them to a local wildlife carer unfortunately became a regular occurrence, so when she decided to retire from nursing, the call to transfer her skills to caring for wildlife, in particular wombats, seemed a natural transition. Lyn is supported by her husband, who tirelessly assists her with building pens, picking grass, caring for little joeys to rescuing adult wombats with injuries and treating wombats with mange in the wild.

Lyn’s daughter is also hooked on wombats and cares for them in between her full time job.

Lyn and husband Paul own and run the Wisdom Wombat Sanctuary in rural Kangaroo Valley NSW, which takes in orphaned wombat joeys, injured and mange sub adults and occasionally adult wombats, raising and rehabilitating to release back to the wild.

Jenny Mattingley

Director

My husband Reg and I have operated a busy wildlife shelter in West Gipplsand, Victoria since 1987. We have cared for a variety of wildlife, including wombats, possums, echidnas, kangaroos, wallabies anda variety of birds. During this time, I liaised with the Australian Wildlife Health Centre at Healesville Sanctuary and with their support enabled a positive outcome for many wildlife.

It was 1992 that our first orphaned wombat joey came into care. It was love at first sight and thus started the long relationship with wombats. They are naughty, playful and at times destructive and each one has its own personality (at bit like children). We learnt so much from our first wombat. We made mistakes and learnt from our mistakes. Our compassion for wombats led us to dedicating time to helping other carers not to make the same mistakes we did.

I have presented various workshops to assist new wildlife carers on “Raising & Releasing” wildlife and in recent times concentrated mainly on wombats. Wombat caring needs dedication, hard work, patience and a sense of humor but its worth all this to see the final result when a wombat is released and is able to cope on its own.

After attending the Wombat Protection Society’s “Wombat Conference” in Albury 2011 and learning about the “Burrow Flap” method of treating mange in wombats. We set about to developing a Victorian based program that would enable members of the public to treat wombats with mange on their properties. In Feb 2012 Mange Management Inc. was formed with a group of dedicated likeminded volunteers. www.mangemanagement.org.au and www.wombatwelfare.com.au

Due to health reasons and age catching up with us Reg and I are no longer able to runa a busy wildlife shelter. We still feel there is a need for further education especially regarding our “Bare Nosed” wombat and this is where we are now concentrating our efforts.