ASR North Coast (Ballina)

Administration Office
8am-2pm Monday to Friday. We are not open to the general public. Please call us to book a tour or come along to our school holiday tours, 10am weekdays.

Phone: (02) 66 862 852
General Manager – Kathrina Southwell


North Coast Branch

Rescue phone: 0428 862 852
Branch Coordinator – Tiffany-Lee

Area covered: 220 km of coastline between the Tweed and Clarence Rivers (Tweed Heads – Yamba)

It all started in Ballina as the seabird rescue division of Northern Rivers Wildlife Carers in late 1992, when the focus was mainly on pelicans injured by accidental entanglement by recreational fishers and unattended set lines. Regular patrols saw 100 pelicans rescued in the first year and activities soon included any injured shorebird or seabird species. In 1995 this expanded to rescuing sick and injured beach-washed sea turtles. In 1996, a rudimentary turtle rehabilitation facility was added to the seabird rehab facilities at West Ballina. As we were regularly patrolling the beaches and foreshores, we are constantly picking up marine debris/plastic pollution. If you would like to be involved in any of our beach cleanups, please contact us through our email address or check our facebook page for updates on the next cleanup.

In March 2001, ASR was incorporated as a separate and independent association, and licensed by NPWS throughout the NSW coast. In October 2004 ASR’s rescue, rehabilitation and education facilities were centralised at the WildlifeLink Sanctuary in Ballina. Formerly a wedding reception centre, the 5 acre riverside property with saltwater and freshwater lakes was ideal for ASR’s activities and development. Following renovations, the Centre was opened in 2005 to visiting school groups and the public. Meanwhile, regular active patrols continue throughout the Far North Coast, between the Tweed and Clarence Rivers (Tweed Heads – Yamba).

In 2016, we plan to build a large Flight Aviary. If you can assist us in any way to achieve this dream, please send an email to or you can donate. Any help would be appreciated.

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