Stuckey ups ante for funding for Wildlife Hospital

12 Jun 2015 1:47 PMJann Stuckey

Member for Currumbin Jann Stuckey MP has labelled the Labor Government’s response to a Question on Notice regarding funding for Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation as disgraceful.

“In the lead up to the 2015 election I made a fully costed pledge of $450,000 over 3 years for the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation to continue its life saving work treating injured wildlife” Ms Stuckey said.

“I was therefore extremely disappointed to receive a blunt reply from the Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection, Steven Miles when I asked if the Labor government would fulfil this commitment.

“Minister Miles was unnecessarily rude in his response and insulted the efforts of devoted staff and volunteers at this facility by denying the hospital any assistance even though they provide a service that benefits wildlife on the entire Gold Coast and beyond.

“Successive Labor Governments exploited the Currumbin Sanctuary on numerous occasions by using it for cute, cuddly photo opportunities and never gave them a cent.

“In contrast the LNP recognised the role the sanctuary plays in treatment of injured wildlife and conservation by providing funding of $100,000 for koala habitat and storage facilities.

“Labor have a long track record of dishing up lip service when it comes to caring about our wildlife.

“Recently the Premier declared that the status of koalas in Queensland was vulnerable, but without backing this up with some funding for our wildlife her sentiments are hollow just like her predecessors.

“Today I am pleased to be able to present a cheque for $1,500 as a sincere gesture of appreciation and I urge others to do the same.”

Jonathan Fisher CEO of National Trust (QLD) said the pressures and costs are increasing with annual intake of injured wildlife growing to over 8,000 annually.

“Council have shown their support and we would hope that the state government would take up a similar approach by providing funding in proportion to the land they own in the Gold Coast Region,” Mr Fisher said.

“This would reduce some of the anxiety of our ongoing funding pressures regarding the provision of adequate resources to treat wildlife.”

“Once again I implore the Premier to support the sanctuary with the fully costed $450,000 over three years so they can continue their lifesaving work,” Ms Stuckey said.

[ENDS] 12 June 2015