No Help for Currumbin Sanctuary in State Budget

15 Jun 2011 4:34 PMJann Stuckey

15 June 2011

Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey MP, has slammed the State Government for not providing any funding to save the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital in the State Budget.

“Despite countless calls for urgent funding in this year’s State Budget, there is not a cent for the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary or its busy Wildlife Hospital,” Ms Stuckey said.

“We are not talking massive amounts of money here.

“This is a clear indication that the Bligh Labor Government simply does not care about conserving our native wildlife or protecting this iconic facility. 

“Meanwhile, the Member for Burleigh merely has to kick up a fuss with her Labor colleagues and $900,000 magically appears for the Tallebudgera boardwalk.

“Given the extreme measures the Sanctuary and Hospital staff are employing to keep this facility alive, it beggars belief that the State Government could be so heartless to ignore the pleas of this life-saving service.

“It has been said many times in recent weeks that the Hospital faces a serious risk of closure or turning away animals if a commitment to funding is not secured in the next two or three months.

“The Hospital is now treating some 6,500 animals a year, with costs soaring to $300,000 a year just to provide this service for sick and injured wildlife. 

“All residents in the Currumbin electorate who appreciate the Sanctuary and the contribution it makes to protecting native wildlife will know it was this Bligh Labor Government that failed to step up to the plate when it was called upon.