Community involvement

Community involvement Craig with local scouts in Roma

Here at Boobook Ecological Consulting, we are deeply embedded in our local and regional community. To us, our neighbours are essential players in the long-term health, vitality and prosperity of our (bio)region, and valued partners to our business.

Over many years, our team has contributed significant hours into:

  • Helping and leading various sporting teams and organisations
  • Sitting on school parent and citizens committees
  • Being involved in community fundraising events

Our Business Manager, Meryl Eddie, chaired the local P&C for a number of years and also established the Roma Junior Touch Football Association, which is still going strong today.

Our leadership team have also contributed to various development committees such as the Big Rig Information Centre Development Group and the Roma Sale Yards Interpretative Committee – both of which today are major attractions in the township of Roma.

In addition to these hands-on community activities, we donate prizes and cash toward organisations like the Roma Eisteddfod (recognising the talents of young and old across the region), St Johns School, Roma (fundraising for school resources) and the Save the Bilby Fund.

Our staff have also voluntarily provided many talks to local school and kindergarten students on everything from snakes to water bugs.

The Maranoa Wildlife Caring and Education Centre

The Maranoa Wildlife Caring and Education Centre was established by Boobook founders Craig and Meryl Eddie. This not-for-profit organisation cares for sick, injured and orphaned native wildlife with the aim of rehabilitating and integrating them back into the natural environment. 

Boobook Ecological Consulting continues to support and champion the centre by:

  • Providing administrative support and technical advice
  • Physically supporting the capture and collection of animals
  • Being involved in fundraising events
  • Undertaking wildlife caring. 

The centre has had a number of success stories, including: 

  • Three barn owls which came in as little fluff balls and were released as fully fledged adults
  • A greater glider (an endangered species) which came in singed from bushfires, was rehabilitated and released back where it came from
  • A long-necked tortoise with a damaged shell that was stuck back together before it was released back into water
  • An Australian kestrel chick, covered in ants after it fell from its nest, which was reunited with its parents upon release.
Meryl feeds a tawny frogmouth as part of the Maranoa Wildlife Caring and Education Centre

The Roma Bush Gardens

Some of our staff (Rose, Lynda & Michael) are directly involved in the Roma Bush Gardens – a lovely area in Roma town which has transformed introduced grasslands into an educational site showcasing twelve local vegetation communities. These include wetlands supported by two large interconnected dams which provide wonderful bird habitat. 

This area, once a derelict part of town, is also now a recreational area used by the young and old for birdwatching, walking and various learning activities.

Are you a community group looking for a corporate partner or sponsor? Contact us today.

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