Christine Bazen is a retired teacher from Lesmurdie and is one of the active volunteers for the Kanyana Wildlife Rehab Centre which is located on 6.5 hectares leased on a peppercorn rent from the State Govt.  It is a not-for-profit organisation which receives no State or Local Government funding. On site they have a wildlife hospital, an isolation building and an admin building, and all this costs $400,000 a year to operate.
The Centre has 400 members and is open 365 days per year for 15 hours per day. It was started by June Butcher AO, a nurse, who was on her way home from work in Gooseberry Hill one day when she came across an injured galah on the side of the road. June took it home and nursed it back to health, and the idea of the Centre was born. They have a success rate of 60% of injured animals that they nurse back to health, but there are no paid veterinarians on staff. Volunteers need to complete a very comprehensive training programme, and the Centre has an extensive educational programme - that reaches over 30,000 people per year – and which includes an endangered animals programme for mainly Bilbies & Woylies. They have had a long association with Kalamunda Rotary Club and the Murdoch Veterinary School, and with their volunteers they have successfully managed to attract people who are new arrivals to Australia, those from poor and disadvantaged backgrounds, and people with Alzheimer’s disease. They take animals into nursing homes and aged care facilities for the residents to see. All at our meeting were very interested in the Centre and its circumstances, and this resulted in many questions from the floor.