Role: Byron is heavily involved in the day to day running of WRQ. He actively pursues funding and grant opportunities and ensures the group meets all the necessary legal requirements to run effectively including liaising with other wildlife organisations and the appropriate government departments as required.
Background: From a very young age Byron has had a love of all animals starting when he came across his first injured lorikeet at the age of 5. Byron has always loved wildlife and has a great passion for conservation. Byron has completed many training courses in wildlife and actively cares for many species at his Narangba property; including bats, possums, echidna and birds. Byron has been president of WRQ for 4 years and looks forward to many years to come. Byron is also one of the groups Trauma Carers, meaning that he often attends to rescue calls in the middle of the night and early mornings. Trauma carers are permitted to administer sedatives and euthanase if required. Byron works full time in child protection and therapeutic services with young people who have suffered severe trauma.
Role: Lorna is the go-to person for animal husbandry questions and is responsible for tracking which carer have animals. Lorna is also involved in placing animals with various carers.
Background: From the age of 14, Lorna has had a passion for helping animals and was an active volunteer with the RSPCA in the UK. She was involved in hand raising puppies, kittens, fox cubs and seals. Lorna moved to Australia in 2009 and began volunteering at Alma Park Zoo and was hired shortly after to be a full time Australian Native Animal Keeper. Lorna loves all animals and actively cares for many different species, however her greatest love is Kangaroos and Wallabies and all things Macropod.
Role: Katrina is involved in helping to coordinate the day to day running of WRQ, aiming to ensure the group communicates messages well between the committee, its coordinators, members, and the public. Katrina is constantly looking at ways the group can operate more efficiently and effectively to benefit the animals we care for and its valued members. Katrina also mentors’ new carers and delivers training programs for the group.
Background: Katrina has always loved animals and from an early age was ‘that person’ who would bring injured or stray animals home to be looked after. From domestic animals to wildlife, she adores them all. Katrina is a successful businesswoman with 7 beauty salons, a training school, beauty supplies business and her own beauty brand. In 2018 Katrina took a year away from her businesses to volunteer full time to help with the rebranding of Wildlife Rescue Queensland. As well as working in her salons Katrina is also a wildlife mentor, trainer, rescuer and carer who looks after a wide range of different species from tiny pinkies all the way to release, on her Moorina property.
Role: Kait is involved in handling the financial matters for the group which involves making payments, purchasing wildlife goods, receiving membership fees and donations, maintaining accurate records throughout the year and preparing the books for the end of financial year returns.
Background: Kait has always loved animals and when bushfires were devastating our country in 2019/2020 Kait joined WRQ, initially as a wildlife rescuer and later became a possum carer with the organisation. Kait is studying education support and hopes to be able to utilise this in the future to help educate and achieve positive outcomes for wildlife in our region.