Newman Government Helps the Community Help Koalas

04/11/2014

The Newman Government is continuing to deliver for Queensland’s koalas with the opening of round three of the Koala Rescue and Rehabilitation Grants Program.

Environment Minister Andrew Powell joined local member for Pine Rivers Seath Holswich and local member for Ferny Grove Dale Shuttleworth to call for eligible organisations to apply for funding.

“It’s no secret koalas are under significant pressure and the Newman Government made a commitment to take a holistic approach to protect this iconic species,” Mr Powell said.

 

“Part of that commitment has been allocating $800,000 over four years to koala rescue and rehabilitation services to provide much-needed assistance to organisations treating injured koalas and other wildlife.

 

“In the first two rounds, 23 organisations shared a total of $482,000 for projects which included purchasing koala rescue gear and medical equipment, constructing a purpose-built koala rehabilitation facility and establishing eucalypt plantations.

“This latest round will give priority to projects that aim to provide koalas with a reliable source of food.”

Member for Pine Rivers Seath Holswich said the first two rounds had already resulted in an increase in the koala numbers being protected in his electorate.

“These grants have resourced our dedicated and passionate local volunteers, helping them provide greater care and protection for koalas in our region,” Mr Holswich said.

Member for Ferny Grove Dale Shuttleworth urged those local groups which are providing a real difference to the vital work of caring for sick and injured koalas to apply to the grants program.

“Koalas are an iconic part of the bush and this funding will go a long way to stabilising our local koala population as we have seen by the recent releases in our local area,” Mr Shuttleworth said.

Minister Powell said the $800,000 practical assistance available for frontline carers is part of the Newman Government’s $26.5 million Investing to protect our Koalas initiative which includes:

  • up to $22.5 million between 2012 and 2015 to strategically acquire koala habitat for their preservation – with a focus on land that contributes to habitat connectivity; and

 

  • $3.2 million in research grants to investigate koala diseases and other preventable causes of death, injury and illness.

 

Applications for Round 3 of the Koala Rescue and Rehabilitation Grants close 30 January 2015.

[ENDS] 4th November, 2014

Photo: Seath Holswich MP, Gary Bain (Pine Rivers Koala Care Assoc), Minister Andrew Powell, Jenny Mason (Moreton Bay Koala Rescue), Dale Shuttleworth MP

Minister’s Contact: Lynette Keep 37197330

Ferny Grove EO: 3851 1570

Pine Rivers EO: 3205 6779