Become a koalas best friend

Friends of the Koala volunteer Tina Coutts engaged in conversation with Andrew Hanlon, 7, from Cawongla at a fundraiser stall at last Sundays Lismore Car Boot Market.

Friends of the Koala is desperate for new volunteers so if you want to feel warm and fuzzy from helping something warm and fuzzy, get along to the next Basic Training course on Sunday, February 11.

The four-hour course covers rescue techniques, koala assessment, leaf identification and what is involved in becoming a volunteer at the Koala Care Centre in Lismore.

The opportunities are endless, said Koala Care Centre coordinator Barbara Dobner of the variety of ways you can help. And you can donate as little or as much time as you can spare. For example, volunteers at the Care Centre work on two hour shifts, so you can volunteer just two hours per week. We also need an editor for our newsletter which only comes out four times a year.

The trade-off is you get to be up close and personal with the cute and cuddly koalas at the centre and help to keep this vital rescue and care centre alive.

The course runs from 9.30-1.30pm, Sunday, February 11, at Z181 SCU Campus, Rifle Range Rd, Lismore. Cost is $5 which includes morning tea and notes. For further information and bookings phone 6622 1233 or email

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