Wildlife Hospital Ignored by Bligh Government Again

24 Feb 2010 3:51 PMJann Stuckey

24 February 2010

Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey MP, is furious that the Bligh Government has ignored funding for Currumbin Sanctuary Wildlife Hospital while supporting other facilities.

The Moggill Koala Hospital and the Daisy Hill Koala Centre have been promised $440,000 and $343,000 respectively from the State Government.

“It is appalling that after ongoing pleas from the Sanctuary regarding the crippling operating costs that this Government is well aware of, they have the hide to give funding to other centres and leave Currumbin out,” said Ms Stuckey. 

“On January 29 the Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability told media she would seek an urgent meeting with the National Trust of Queensland and the Sanctuary to establish the ‘true financial situation.

“However, the Minister remains silent on the status of any meeting. Meanwhile the hospital continues to struggle with the overwhelming increase in numbers of sick and injured animals.

“Funding to the tune of $1 million has been directed to the State Government’s koala mapping project, however the mapping does not include key areas in the Currumbin electorate.

“We have a state-of-the-art Wildlife Hospital with highly experienced staff seeing close to 100 injured koalas a year, and the Bligh Government does not even acknowledge this area as a significant koala habitat.

“The environmental credentials of this Bligh Government are atrocious. Their policies are poorly planned, knee-jerk decisions which fail to address the rapidly dwindling koala population.

“Currumbin Wildlife Hospital is a fantastic facility for this community and offers a vital service to our local wildlife. It should be awarded the funding and respect that it deserves from this Government. 

Media Contact: Jann Stuckey 0439 755 919