Matching your donations for Newhaven

Matching your donations for Newhaven
Field Programs
Feral cat and fox control | Wildlife translocations
Mala / Rufous Hare-wallaby | Numbat | Greater Bilby

Inspired by the importance of the Newhaven project a Melbourne couple have made a generous offer to match public donations to support the Newhaven project up to a total of $100,000.


As a result…donations to AWC in support of the Newhaven project before June 30 will be matched by the couple as follows:

    • New AWC donor: all donations of $500 - $10,000 will be matched.
    • Existing AWC donors: all additional donations of $1,000 - $10,000 will be matched (ie, donations in addition to usual levels of giving).

To donate to the Newhaven project, click here or call 08 9380 9633 

June 2017: AWC has started work establishing the largest feral cat-free area on mainland Australia. The Newhaven project will be the first project in Australia’s history to deliver a significant increase in the population of more than 10 nationally threatened mammal species including the Bilby, the Numbat and the Mala. Stage 1 of the project involves building 45 kilometres of conservation fencing to create a feral-free area of 9,450 hectares, protecting a diversity of habitats, such as a rugged quartzite range (home to a remnant population of endangered rock-wallabies), vast spinifex plains (with ghost gums) and red sand dunes (with desert oak).  A suite of regionally extinct mammals will be reintroduced into this vast cat-free area.
See The Australian's coverage of the project here.
At the time of writing, 19 kilometres of the fenceline has been established.  Completion of the fenceline will take another 6 – 8 weeks.  
  • The feral-proof fence will be constructed by early 2018.
  • The removal of feral cats and foxes will occur during 2017/18.
  • The reintroduction of endangered mammals will start in early 2019.

The AWC Newhaven Warlpiri Rangers are playing a key role in delivery of the project:

  • Duncan Jungalla Gallagher is operating the machinery required for fenceline establishment.
  • Christine Ellis Michaels, Alice Henwood and Benedict Mosquito will lead the way in removing feral cats and foxes from the area.
  • Additional jobs will be created during construction of the fence.

Stage 2 of the project will see the feral-free area extended to more than 70,000 hectares – this will be the planet’s largest feral cat eradication

The project will involve:                                                                                                                  

  • the installation of more than 35,000 pickets
  • rolling out more than 1,600kms of plain wire and more than 500kms of netting.
  • putting in place more than 12,000,000 clips to hold the netting in place.

Stage one will cost around $5 million over the next four years.

  • To date, AWC supporters have donated more than $2 million (thank you).
  • The Federal Government has made a grant of $750,000 (National Landcare Program) toward the project.

Please help us raise the remaining funds by making a tax deductible donation - click here.  Your support will help save 10 of Australia’s most endangered mammals by protecting them from feral cats.  

The Mala which will be reintroduced to Australia’s largest feral free area at Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary.

For a detailed project outline, click here.