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Anna Dicker, President of Australian Seabird & Turtle Rescue at Ballina. Photo David Lowe.

2022 marks thirty years since Lance Ferris established the charity Australian Seabird Rescue, rescuing pelicans in the Richmond River. Now it’s time to celebrate and help ASR help local wildlife.

The Echo spoke to ASR President Anna Dicker about a major fundraising event which is happening tomorrow night at the Byron Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, formerly the Macadamia Castle.

‘After numerous attempts to hold a gala event we are holding an evening event on Friday May 13, 6-9pm,’ she said. ‘The Byron Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, with whom we hold an invaluable partnership, are hosting our art exhibition and auction.

‘The evening has Mandy Nolan as our MC, interesting speakers, a live auction, a silent auction of numerous great items, raffles, live music by Isaac Franklin, canapés and a cash bar,’ said Ms Dicker.

Donated artwork by Melissa Wright. Photo supplied.

Art donated

52 unique items will be auctioned or raffled on the night.

Art pieces have been donated for the exhibition and fundraising evening by artists including Kim Michele Toft, John Dahlson, Angus MacDonald. Karena Wynn-Moylan, Mark Waller, Mellisa Wright, Kate Constantine, Angela Parr and Lesley Ryan.

Anna Dicker says there will also be jewellery on offer, and many voucher, all in aid of ASR’s important wildlife work.

Australian Seabird Rescue went underwater in the recent flooding. Photo supplied.

‘Our organisation was hit hard by the flood and we lost our water filtration systems. We are also working towards replacing our ageing turtle hospital,’ she said. 

Because of the destruction on the sea grass beds we are expecting many sick turtles over the next few months.’

Tickets for the gala evening are only $10 and can be purchased securely via the ASR website here.

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  1. Go for it Anna , good on you for doing it. Looking after the birdies and beasties. Dugong eat saw grass as well, turtles do to. Fascinating .. Evolved to eat grass under the sea , well, a form of seaweed , but a juicer smaller form. So important to protect our mega fauna . They are important for the health of the system. A lot of these calmer water flater areas where it grows can be lost to landfill for housing and sports fields . Think the tip to dump your rubbish. Also bottom trawling by trawlers . Over use of chemical fertilisers on the land . From places I’ve observed the sea grass beds seem to like that flatter delta like area near creeks and streams . Where they enter the ocean . Protected parts of bays . These places could be identified and protected. We kill wildlife by our ignorance.


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