State Government must support Sanctuary Hospital

29 Jan 2010 4:29 PMJann Stuckey

29 January 2010

Jann Stuckey MP, Member for Currumbin, has slammed the State Government’s failure to provide any funding to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary (CWS) or the new Wildlife Hospital.

“Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary has had to struggle through tough times with downturns in tourism while the Bligh Government refuses to offer any funding,” said Ms Stuckey.

“This hospital is a vital service for wildlife in our community, with numbers of sick and injured animals unfortunately skyrocketing in recent times.

“The Sanctuary was forced to fund a great deal of the hospital themselves, a project that cost upwards of $1 million. Not a cent was contributed by the State Government even though the Federal Government provided almost $350,000.

Ms Stuckey, a long time advocate of CWS, recently donated personal funds in order to name a female koala joey.

“The sickening shooting attack on Doug the Koala last week is further proof of the vulnerability of our koala population. The Government needs to step up to the plate and prove that it cares about protecting our endangered wildlife.

“Almost 100 sick and injured koalas were admitted to the Wildlife Hospital in 2009. Some days up to six injured or dead koalas pass through their doors.
 
“If the devastation of the koala population continues at current levels, it is predicted that wild koalas will be extinct within five years on the Gold Coast.

“Currumbin Sanctuary has already put in the hard yards over the last 60 years. Now it is up to this Labor Government to lift its game and contribute to the protection of our wild creatures.

“It is all very well for the Premier to use this unique location for blatant media opportunities when it suits her, yet she is happy to starve them of funds.

“The crippling operating costs of the hospital are reaching $600,000 per year, with 75% going towards providing this free service to the community.

“Without State Government funding, the world-class services that CWS provides and the benefits to local and international tourism of this iconic Queensland attraction will suffer. 
 
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Media Contact: Jann Stuckey 0439 755 919