Koala care groups in Pine Rivers have received $7,656 in grants from the Queensland Government to help their koala care work.


Member for Pine Rivers, Mr Seath Holswich MP, said $3,747 will be provided to Pine Rivers Koala Care Association Inc and $3,909 will be provided to Koala Action Inc through the second round of the Queensland Government’s Koala Rescue and Rehabilitation Grant program.


“Unlike the previous Labor Government, this LNP Government knows that koalas in this area face a number of threats including risk from vehicle strike, domestic dogs and declining habitat,” Mr Holswich said.


“The Pine Rivers Koala Care Association provides a 24-hour koala and wildlife rescue service, community education and awareness, koala spotter service, koala surveying, wildlife proofing and undertakes tree planting activities.”


“It will use this grant to increase its capacity to care for and rehabilitate orphaned koalas, continue its koala community education program and provide further rescue training for its members.” 


Mr Holswich said Koala Action Incorporated (previously Koala Action Pine Rivers) would similarly use its grant to extend its koala education and awareness materials.


“Koala Action Inc is a volunteer group that provides free koala education and awareness presentations to community groups, schools and private enterprise,” he said.


“It is also involved in the rescue of sick, injured and orphaned koalas with many members volunteering to care for these animals.”


“The Newman Government is proud to support both Pine Rivers organisations in their ongoing efforts to protect our koalas.”


Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection Andrew Powell said the Koala Rescue and Rehabilitation Grants were part of the Queensland Government’s $26.5 million Investing to protect our koalas initiative.


“The Koala Rescue and Rehabilitation Grants help us to help community organisations extend our koala conservation beyond habitat protection by delivering real support in rescuing and rehabilitating this unique species,” Mr Powell said.


“This round of funding provided $202,127 to 11 koala care organisations serving the Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Magnetic Island, Brisbane, Ipswich, Pine Rivers, Darling Downs and Gympie regions.”


“I thank the volunteers for their ongoing efforts to help protect our koalas and congratulate all the successful organisations.”


Mr Powell said the next Koala Rescue and Rehabilitation Grants funding round would be announced later in 2014.