Welcome to Bats QLD
Who are we?
Bats Qld (Flying Foxes & Microbats) Inc. is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit organisation who rescue, rehabilitate and release Flying Foxes and Microbats across South East Queensland (Gold Coast to Brisbane area), Australia.
Here at Bats Qld, our primary goal is to rescue, rehabilitate and release any orphaned or injured Flying Foxes or Microbats that need our help.
The second goal which is just as important is to educate the young and old on the importance of Flying Foxes in our ecosystem along with dispelling the myths that have always surrounded these amazing mammals.
To help achieve this in a professional manner Bats Qld are aiming to establish an education centre which will be a valuable resource for our community.
Meet The Team
- Paula (President)
- Lee (Secretary)
- Jeanette (Treasurer)
- Joanie (Committee Member)
- Morne (Committee Member)
Paula has been working with wildlife for many years, but bats have become her passion. The most misunderstood mammal of Australia. Paula has taken on the roles in Bats Qld of Secretary, Vice President and Treasurer, sometimes all three positions at once, so has a good understanding of what needs to happen within a wildlife charity group and the many hours that need to be dedicated to keeping the group running.
Lee Sievers has been passionate about Wildlife for as long as she can remember. Volunteering at Currumbin Wild Life Hospital she was introduced to rescue and rehabilitation of Wildlife through Wild Care and was able to realise her passion for the safety and wellbeing of our native wildlife by stepping into a carer role. Introduced to Bats Qld through a Workshop that was offered to Wild Care carers she embarked on the journey of caring for orphaned flying foxes. These incredible misunderstood mammals have completely stolen her heart and she is now rescuing and moving into the role of rehabilitation of juveniles. Passionate in reaching out and educating as many people as possible the important role that these beautiful creatures play in our eco system and to dispel the many myths that surround them. Lee has spent the majority of her working life in the Health & Fitness industry as a Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor and as a Head of Department across two of Queensland’s biggest health clubs as well as Office Manager in her family Painting & Decorating business. None of these roles compares to the opportunity to rescue raise, rehabilitate and release injured or orphaned Wildlife. It truly is one of life’s greatest experiences and one that I look forward to continuing for years to come.
Jeanette is a partner at accounting practice Fay & Redman, with over 20 years experience in public practice. This includes tax, super and small to medium business accounting. Jeanette is a member of CPA Australia and was recently designated as a fellow by them, the highest level of achievement for the organisation. Jeanette has previously been honorary secretary and treasurer for her local branch of the Holstein Friesian Association of Australia as well as a steward for the Canungra Show Society.
Joanie Lewis has had a love and compassion for wildlife from as far back as her memory can take her. Having formed a close relationship with magpies that would come and frequent her place daily for feedings and playtime for many years, the sudden death of one of her magpies lead her to the Currumbin wildlife hospital where she enquired about becoming a carer for magpies. As Fate would put it, that first magpie workshop that she attended was run by the president of Bats Qld, she had always had a love for the flying foxes and so approached Bats Qld to find out how to start, the rest was history. Joanie’s passion for these beautiful mammals has not only stolen her heart but has changed her life in such a way that they have become the centre of her life. She is constantly talking and educating people that come into her life on a daily basis. Joanie has spent a majority of her life working in male-dominated roles, a bit of a Jill of all trades, such as Rural Firefighting and rescue, search and rescue at the SEC, Circuit and gym instructor to cleaner for government departments. The most rewarding role she has ever done is becoming a bat carer and being involved in Bats Qld. It has fulfilled her in ways that just can’t be explained in words, she just wishes she had discovered this years ago .
Morne Matthysen has always been an animal lover. Upon moving to Australia 5 years ago Morne knew he wanted to get involved in getting to know and protecting the unique animals here, although admittedly bats were not specifically front and centre in this. Morne is a Lending Manager for a bank but joined Wildcare in his free time. Through Wildcare he was introduced to Bats QLD and once attending the orphaned bat care workshop, he knew that this was where he wanted to focus his attention. Since getting to know Flying Foxes and after rehabilitating and releasing orphaned babies for the first time, the experience has changed his life. Morne is completely in love with this wonderful animal and devoted to protecting the species and also in making a contribution to this fantastic organisation in any way he can.