LNP Government continues to support our wildlife

6 Nov 2014 2:19 PMJann Stuckey

6 November 2014

Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey MP was joined by the Minister for Environment Andrew Powell MP as they toured Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary today to discuss beneficial wildlife initiatives on the southern Gold Coast.

“Through the purchase of Coolamon, 17.8 hectares of land in the Currumbin Valley, for regional park and funding grants from the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, this LNP Government has demonstrated our ongoing support of the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary,” Ms Stuckey said.

“I know the people of Currumbin care about protecting wildlife, so do I and so does the state government.

“Earlier this year Minister Powell announced a $100,000 koala rescue and rehabilitation grant, part of which will go towards the construction of gum storage facilities on site.

“Over 7000 animals per year are admitted to the Wildlife Hospital and resources are stretched.

“We were also able to unveil the ‘Walkways for Wildlife’ initiative where members of the public can donate funds towards the Hospital and have a plaque named in their honour. This is a fantastic program that I would encourage locals to get behind.

Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection Andrew Powell said the Newman Government was committed to ensuring Queensland remain one of the most biologically diverse places on earth.

“We will invest over $26 million on major land acquisition programs to help protect  our state’s unique ecosystems, native plants, animals and biodiversity,” Mr Powell said.

“This purchase forms part of a local bio-regional wildlife corridor and adds to the high value conservation land around Queensland.”

Minister Powell also announced the third round of the Koala Rehabilitation and Rescue grants were now open.

“It is no secret koalas are under significant pressure and the Newman Government made a commitment to take a holistic approach to protecting this iconic species.

“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,” he said.

“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.

“Applications are now open for the next round that will give priority to projects that aim to provide koalas with a reliable source of food.”

For more information on ‘Walkways for Wildlife’ visit: www.cwhf.org.au

Applications for Round 3 of the Koala Rescue and Rehabilitation Grants close 30 January 2015 visit: www.ehp.qld.gov.au