Black Cockatoo centre wins local award

June 29, 2011

A new $400,000 state-of-the-art black cockatoo rehabilitation centre north of Perth has been recognised for business excellence.

The facility in Malaga run by Native Animal Rescue (NAR), has taken out the Community Services category of the Malaga District Business Association’s (MDBA), Business Excellence Awards for 2011.

Following a $37,500 contribution to NAR from the Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH) project, the facility in Malaga was opened in November and is making a significant difference to the rehabilitation, care and protection of this unique species.

The contribution to the centre was funded from the FSH’s $2.3million commitment to environmental rehabilitation and protection, which includes a Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo program.

Lizzie Aravidis from NAR said the new facility was boosting the level of care provided to black cockatoos and its recent recognition was a nice affirmation.

“It’s so important we have the right environment to help these birds survive and get them back into their natural habitat,” she said.

“This facility has made achieving that more possible. As a not-for-profit organisation running on passion and hard work, the FSH grant was very important to us. This award now just signals the fact that we are on the right track to achieving our goals.”

Fiona Stanley Hospital Executive Director Brad Sebbes said: “The black cockatoo is a Western Australian icon, so we’re thrilled to be playing our part in helping protect it.

“The team at NAR does a great job and hopefully this new facility makes their work easier and even more successful.” The MDBA has been running the business excellence awards for the past three years. President Rod Henderson said NAR was a worthy winner for community service.

“NAR have exceptional people who are dedicated to looking after animals and we see them as an integral part of the business community,” he said.