Australia Day Award for Esther

Esther McPhie, Year 10, Mueller’s resident Wildlife Warrior has been at it again.

While most 15-year-olds are spending their free time at the beach or going to the movies with friends, Esther is focused on helping the vulnerable in our community, specifically orphaned or injured wildlife.

Esther has been raising funds for wildlife care for some time, through various avenues, and can often be found at weekend events selling her homemade slime, or her refreshing iced tea. She uses the funds earnt from these projects to provide support, food and medicine to sick and orphaned wildlife.

She also sews pouches for babies of the bush, and has her own Instagram page ‘Pouch Pile,’ which helps spread awareness of the plight of many of these injured animals. So far she has donated 2000 pouches to Wildlife Cares, Australia Zoo wildlife Hospital and the RSPCA.

Over the Australia Day Weekend, Esther was recognised for her efforts and honoured by Councillor Koliana Winchester with an Australia Day Award for Wildlife Care. This prestigious award was well deserved, and is an acknowledgement of all Esther has done, and continues to do to care for the vulnerable within our community.

Well done, Esther! We are proud of you!

If anyone would like to help sew pouches or donate, please email: or see Instagram: @pouch_pile