Fingal Bay Probus Club Visits POrt Macquarie Koala Hospital

Morning coffee at Abundance Gardens – Diana Bricknell , Jenny Wright, Rosamund Martin, Maureen and Eric Platzer, Norman Martin, Lynn Moffitt, Ruth Churcher and John Smiley.


PROBUS Club of Fingal Bay’s trip to Port Macquarie coincided with bush fires, smoke and injured koalas.

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The members of the Probus Club of Fingal Bay have recently jaunted off on a trip to Port Macquarie but they didn’t realise what the magnitude of the bushfires impact would be on the local koala population.

It wasn’t planned that way, but we have to take the bush fires and weather events that are the hand we are dealt with.

After all no-one expected the extent of loss of life or injured koalas from these bushfires.

While it was certainly not the best timing, the group managed to enjoy themselves despite the bushfires which are raging across the region.

The group headed off on a voyage down the Hastings River and visited the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital just in time to see the first koalas injured in the fires being cared for.

Since the visit the facility has been inundated with patients and has raised over a million dollars for the care of the species which is on the brink of extinction.

Julia Redlich told News Of The Area, “We were privileged to see those marvellous volunteers caring for their charges and receiving koalas so tragically harmed in the early stages of the recent bushfires.”

The Probies based themselves out of the Edgewater Caravan Park and held barbeques and group breakfasts.

The group also visited the Abundance Gardens.

The trip to Port Macquarie was organised by club member Ross Jennings who delivered a wonderful mix of social and sightseeing opportunities.




Alan Latham, Robyn Davis, Estelle Latham and Ruth Houghton. Photo by Lynn Moffitt.


An unusual figure greets visitors at the Koala Hospital. Photo by Lynn Moffitt.


Organiser Extraordinaire: Ross Jennings. Photo by Lynn Moffitt.

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