Grants to Help Pine Rivers Koalas

17/03/2013

Three koala rescue and rehab groups in Pine Rivers and Moreton Bay will share in $21,000 thanks to the Newman Government's Koala rescue and rehabilitation grants.

Member for Pine Rivers, Mr Seath Holswich, said that Moreton Bay Koala Rescue Incorporated, Koala Action Pine Rivers and Pine Rivers Koala Care Association Inc had been awarded funding in this year's Koala Rescue and Rehabilitation Grants.

"Moreton Bay Koala Rescue will receive funding of $4,700 to purchase the latest equipment for koala rescue and care activities."

"Koala Action Pine Rivers will receive $12,667 to establish a plantation that will be used by carers to feed koalas they are rehabilitating."

"Pine Rivers Koala Care Association will receive funding of more than $4000 to purchase new and more effective koala rescue and rehabilitation equipment."

"Pine Rivers Koala Care Association have been delivering rescue and rehabilitation serves since 1996 and I am pleased to be able to provide them, and the other funding recipients, with grants to help with their valuable services," Mr Holswich said.

Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection, Andrew Powell said it was no secret that koalas were under significant pressure, and while habitat loss was one contributing factor, the issues could not be looked at in isolation.

"By providing this funding for koala rescue and rehabilitation the Queensland Government is taking action to address other issues that affect koala numbers such as attacks from domestic animals and vehicle strike," Mr Powell said.

"The Koala Rescue and Rehabilitation Grants will expand the scope of koala conservation programs beyond habitat protection and enhancement."

Mr Powell said the Koala Rescue and Rehabilitation Grants were part of the Queensland Government's $26.5 million Investing to Protect our Koalas initiative and there would be three more rounds rolled out over the next three years.