Koala rescue and rehab groups across Queensland will receive almost $280,000 as part of the Newman Government’s Investing to Protect our Koalas policy.
Environment Minister Andrew Powell said 11 koala care organisations have been awarded funding from $1200 to $182,000 in this year’s Koala Rescue and Rehabilitation Grants.
Grant recipients included Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors, Australian Rescue and Rehabilitation of Wildlife, Currumbin Wildlife Hospital, RSPCA Queensland, and Wildcare Australia for infrastructure, equipment, and plantations
“This is the first round of the grants program, with three more rounds to be rolled out over the next three years,” Mr Powell said.
“The grants will allow conservation groups to deliver more koala rescues and rehabilitation, helping to ensure our koalas’ survival. Grants were for projects that included establishing eucalypt plantations, purchasing koala rescue gear and medical equipment, and constructing a purpose-built koala rehabilitation facility.”
“Overall, the quality of applications we received this year was excellent.”
Mr 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, vehicle strike and disease.”
“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.