Save The Bilby Fund

Our Vision

Our vision is to have helped build an insurance population of 10,000 bilbies in Australia by 2030.

We aim to breed and release captive bilbies to a predator proof area in Currawinya National Parl to build a population of around 400.

The Fund

Save the Bilby Fund is a national charity launched on 28 March 1999 by Frank Manthey and Peter McRae to continue to raise money to build the predator proof fence so that they could stop the steady decline of bilbies.

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Our Values

Honesty, integrity, passion, commitment and transparency.

Our Team

How we spend your donations...

Each year the Save the Bilby Fund prepares an annual budget and updates its three year strategic plan.

Income received from sales, trips and donations are invested until the bilby conservation projects outlined in our Strategic Plan require funding. Money is also allocated to cover our operating expenses which we strive to minimise.

We also dedicate time and effort and work hard in the following areas:

  • Secretariat for the National Greater Bilby Recovery Team
  • The Bilby Fence, Currawinya National Park
  • Charleville bilby breeding facilities
  • Charleville Bilby Experience
  • Building relationships and alliances
  • Enabling Bilby Research

History and Achievements

1991
National appeal launched by Frank Manthey and Peter McRae to construct the Bilby Fence at Currawinya National Park
1999
Save the Bilby Fund officially formed under a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Queensland Government and the Murweh Shire Council
2003
Bilby Fence officially opened by Environment Minister Dean Wells

Frank awarded Australian Geographic Conservationist of the Year
2004
Dreamworld breeds Bilbies under Captive Breeding Agreement with the Queensland Government
2005
First Bilby release into Currawinya Bilby Fence

National Bilby Day officially declared by Federal Minister for the Environment The Hon. Ian Campbell – the second Sunday in September
2009
Dreamworld opens Bilby display

Griffith University engaged to survey Currawinya and PPBio plot research supported for environmental monitoring
2011/12
The bilby fence is breached by feral cats
2012
Frank Manthey awarded OAM for services to conservation

Ipswich Nature Reserve’s ‘Frank Manthey – Bilby Burrow’ display opened
2014
Queensland Feral Animal Summit initiated by Save the Bilby Fund

Save the Bilby Fund granted Deductible Gift Recipient Status and added to the Australian Government Register of Environmental Organisations
2015
Greater Bilby Recovery Summit 2015 initiated by Save the Bilby Fund with the National Interim Conservation Plan for the Greater Bilby developed and published

Save the Bilby Fund appointed Interim National Recovery Team Co-ordinator for the Greater Bilby – 2018 no longer interim
2016
Indigenous Bilby Knowledge Festival supported by Save the Bilby Fund

Revised memorandum of understanding signed with the Queensland Government

The Bilby Channel launches on YouTube

The new Charleville Bilby Experience officially opened located at the historical Charleville train station

Inaugural Fur Ball and Dawnie Express steam train highlights in Charleville as part of fundraising for National Bilby Day

Citizen science surveys the first “2016 Bilby Tracks’ trip conducted in Currawinya National Park
2017
National parks announcement of 750,000 to retro fit the bilby fence

Sept – MOU with National parks to take over the Charleville breeding facilities

Extensive update and revamp of the breeding facilities
2018
Currawinya bilby fence major works begin ... one panel at a time to ensure no feral cats are allowed into the fence

First Charleville bilby festival – street parade including the 3rd bilby ball and annual NBD celebrations

UQ PhD student, Cassandra Arkinstall begins her research of the upcoming bilby releases into the Currawinya bilby fence
2019
April – First release of 6 pioneer bilbies back into the Currawinya fence

June – first babies of the pioneer bilbies are sighted

July - Tail tracker appeal to raise money to purchase tail trackers to monitor and understand behaviour of released animals

Sept – second group of 20 bilbies release in the fence