Stuckey praises Newman Government support of koalas

21 Mar 2013 1:44 PMJann Stuckey

Jann at CWS Hospital with koala Yani.

21 March 2013

Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey MP has welcomed the announcement of funding for the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Hospital Foundation under the Newman Government’s Koala Rescue and Rehabilitation Grants.

“The Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation will receive funding of more than $22,700 to construct a koala rehabilitation facility,” Ms Stuckey said. 

“This facility will greatly expand the ability of the wildlife hospital to fully rehabilitate koalas recovering from trauma or disease.  

“In March 2012 I promised locals I would be knocking loudly on the future Minister’s door to secure funding for the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital and this announcement is evidence of my continued advocacy for the Hospital.  We have achieved more in 12 months than the previous state government in 5 years. 

 “The Newman Government recognises that koalas are under significant pressure and while habitat loss is one contributing factor, the issues cannot be looked at in isolation.

Currumbin Wildlife CEO, Jonathan Fisher applauds the state government’s help for koalas across the region. 

“It is encouraging to see a range of initiatives including gum feed plantations and equipment.  It is important the state government recognises how the network of Wildlife Hospitals and carers work together and we look forward to an ongoing partnership approach with state government to address the issues in the wild and how each organisation plays its part looking after koalas needing help,” Mr Fisher said.

“The Wildlife Hospital is coming towards the end of the busy summer period, it will come as no surprise that the hospital experienced the busiest year ever in 2012. 

 

Total Wildlife

Koala

2011

 6726

183

2012

7085

300

 “2013 is already proving to be much busier that last year, ex tropical cyclone Oswald produced our busiest day ever on Jan 28th – admitting 161 patients in a single day.

 

Total Wildlife

Koalas

1st Jan 2011 – 21st Feb 2012

1188

29

1st Jan 2012 – 21st Feb 2013

1509

39

“The Koala Rescue and Rehabilitation Grants will expand the scope of koala conservation programs beyond habitat protection and enhancement,” Ms Stuckey 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.  

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