Stuckey Calls For Urgent Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Funding

24 May 2011 2:52 PMJann Stuckey

24 May 2011

Jann Stuckey MP, Member for Currumbin, has urgently called on the Bligh Labor Government to provide funding to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary to ensure the Wildlife Hospital can remain open.

“Today in Parliament I again raised the plight of the iconic Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and the dire situation now facing the world-class Wildlife Hospital.

“The Premier and her ministers have no shame exploiting the Currumbin Sanctuary for cute and cuddly photo opportunities whenever it suits them.

“Yet the State Labor Government has never committed a cent to the Sanctuary or the $1.2 million Wildlife Hospital.

“Three years ago, the hospital was treating 3,000 animals a year. In the last 12 months the hospital has treated some 6,500 animals.

“Operating costs have reached $600,000 a year. Now this facility is at risk of closure unless assistance funding can be provided.

“Our community and our environment would suffer a great loss if this facility could not continue to provide its valuable service.

“What we need is a commitment from the State Government to provide ongoing funding.

“On behalf of the people of Queensland I have called on the Premier and the Environment Minister to show they really do care and include some funding in this year’s June budget.