Tim Faulkner Australian Reptile Park – The students of Tinonee Public School are fortunate to have Tim Faulkner as, in his own words, “a babysitter.”
As part of the sixth Kidpreneur program this year raised money for the Manning River Turtle Conservation Group. Tim, the general manager of the Australian Reptile Park and the president of Aussie Ark, was unable to attend due to previous work, but he promised to make a special trip to visit the school.
Tim Faulkner Australian Reptile Park
On Friday, August 29, Tim kept his promise and set off from the Aussie Ark at Barrington Tops to give a speech to the students. He intended to bring the turtle, but as he sat in the box for some time it was not possible, and the children were somewhat disappointed.
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But it didn’t last long. Tim talks to the children about the physiology of turtles, their habitats and their threats. Of particular interest to the students was the breathing of turtles.
“Do you want to see bad things they do? You know how we breathe oxygen through our lungs, turtles breathe it through their lungs, but turtles to get air under them ,” he said, laughing. from children.
Tim gets a lot of questions from the kids about turtles, wild cats and Tasmanian devils. He encouraged the children to get out and see the animals, go snorkelling in the river and look for turtles, perhaps inspiring the next David Attenboroughs.
At the end of the talks, Tim was presented with an award from the Manning River Turtle sixth year students for the relevant materials they created for their Kidpreneur project.
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Julia Driscoll worked as a journalist for the Wingham Chronicle and Manning River Times for seven years. He believes in the deep community connection that rural and urban historians bring. Industry leaders have become involved in environmental stories – bringing the plight of the Manning River helmeted turtle into the public eye, including spreading awareness and community management; and breaking news of the Manning River ending its run for the first time in recorded history. LIVE: Australian Reptile Park rangers stand guard at the edge of alligator creek as floodwaters rise and residents’ angry noses climb the wall. Eight days earlier, workers prepared for a nearby fire. Photos: Australian Reptile Park
It was only a week ago that Australian Reptile Park director Tim Faulkner called a daily meeting with his team to prepare despite the fire eight kilometers away.
He spent Friday wading through floodwaters after heavy rains closed the park for the first time since 2007 typhoon Pasha Bulker.
Park workers went to work, wrapping the gates and moving the animals, while rangers stood guard at the edge of alligator creek watching for residents approaching the wall as the water rose.
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“The difference between the current fire risk and this flash flooding is happening,” Faulkner said. “But we know that large parts of Australia are still burning, and millions of animals are still at risk.
A park spokeswoman said the rain eased Friday as rangers tended to the animals and began cleaning up after the flooding.
“Our quick work on the flood this morning has allowed us to get the situation under control and we are confident we will do as usual (Sunday),” Mr Faulkner said. “We will be open and ready to welcome visitors for the remainder of the summer holidays.”
A small trough off the Hunter Coast brought heavy rain to Lake Macquarie and parts of southern Newcastle on Friday.
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Bulladelah received about 112 millimeters of rain and Barrington Tops recorded 62 millimeters as of 9am Friday morning.
As the cell continues to move up the coast, and as a second trough moves into western NSW, Bureau of Meteorology forecasters say Newcastle and much of the Hunter can expect more rain on Saturday until next week.
Meanwhile, firefighters in the state’s southeast could see a return on Monday as weather patterns shift and look to bring more rain to fire stations that have been extinguished early next week, said a Bureau forecast.
The sudden downpour partially lifted Hunter Water stores as floodwaters made their way to Hunters’ fences and sand.
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The retention rate rose above 53 percent on Friday, but represented a decline from last week.
As the country faces its lowest water conservation levels in 20 years, Hunter Water will act to tighten water restrictions for its customers in Cessnock, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Newcastle, Port Stephens, Dungog and singleton small areas on monday.
Conditions are expected to start to ease on Sunday, with up to six millimeters forecast in Newcastle Harbour, before warm and sunny days return on Tuesday.
Bad weather on Saturday with a chance of rain in the morning and evening, and a chance of thunderstorms, with southerly winds up to 35 kilometers.
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Simon McCarthy is a digital journalist working at the Newcastle Herald in NSW. He writes and produces video and multimedia for the Herald and Herald Weekender magazine, and also produces the Toohey’s News podcast. McCarthy has worked as a reporter in regional NSW since 2013. He joined the Newcastle Herald newsroom in 2017 from the Northern Daily Leader in Tamworth where he worked from 2015 to 2016. ‘We are proud to think that four great species died here. — Tasmanian Devils, Yellow-footed Rock Wallabies, Komodo Dragons, and Koalas … and educating people about the importance of wildlife in our environment.’
‘We are very good at researching and observing dying species,’ he said, his voice rising slightly after the passion of his words. But what do we, as a nation, do with that information? And the main thing is, as a research, it means that we look and only look at trends at the end. We need to “do”, not just “watch”.’ Those terms followed his research as CEO of the Australian Reptile Park in Somersby and as CEO of Aussie Ark in Barrington Tops.
Tim grew up in western Sydney hunting turtles and snakes in the local bush, and holidaying with his family at the South West Rocks and Murrumbidgee River.
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While at school, he talked about his work at Featherdale Wildlife Park in Doonside and soon realized he had found his calling. He couldn’t wait to start working and, by the time he was 15, Featherdale hired him as a full-time employee. He was there for nine years until he moved north to the Australian Reptile Park where the owners, John and Robyn Weigel, recognized the talent and experience he had developed.
Although Tim left school early to pursue his passion, he knew he needed to expand his business knowledge and went on to earn diplomas in business administration, auditing and accounting but was the only student in TAFE history to achieve a clean sweep of Distinctions. in all Zoology subjects. Although today’s Reptile Park is very different from the company founded by Eric Worrell in 1948, Tim proudly continues to collect snakes and poisonous plants to make poisons. , and it is estimated that Park’s work may have saved about 20,000. human life until now.
“From the beginning grew the heart and soul of the park,” he said. “And although the milking of snakes and spiders is always done behind the scenes, we want the public to know how it’s done. So we’re working on how visitors can see that.
The Reptile Park is home to over 2,000 reptiles, mammals, marsupials, and birds. But there are aspects of Reptile Park that won’t change.
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It is about Australian wildlife and the conservation of Australia’s endangered species. That is why the organization of the forest is also important. And that’s why you don’t see lions, tigers and bears here,’ said Tim. We proudly look after four endangered species here – Tasmanian Devils, Yellow-footed Rock Wallabies, Komodo Dragons, and Koalas – and one of the ways we do this is by educating people, including children, on the importance of wildlife in our environment. We do this by having fun and, where appropriate, by allowing people to interact with wildlife.’
In the future, Tim and his team have big plans to increase the relationship with wild animals, especially Tasmanian Devils.
‘We feed the baby Devils, so don’t reveal this information to children,’ he said.
Another endangered species, the Komodo Dragon, is at home