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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
    Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection and Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef
    The Honourable Steven Miles

    Budget delivers $6 million for SEQ wildlife hospitals

    JOINT STATEMENT

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection and Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef
    The Honourable Steven Miles

    Thursday, July 07, 2016

    Budget delivers $6 million for SEQ wildlife hospitals

    Three wildlife hospitals will share $6 million over four years for animal rescue and care services across south-east Queensland.

    The funding is to support the vital work of Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital ($3 million over four years); the RSPCA ($2 million over four years), and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary ($1 million over four years).

    Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the grants were part of $15.2 million in additional funding for wildlife management and protection announced in the State Budget.

    “The three hospitals have collaborated to propose a co-ordinated wildlife rescue and rehabilitation service for south-east Queensland, which will see each facilities’ resources and expertise combined to deliver better outcomes for koalas and other wildlife in the south-east,” she said.

    Ms Palaszczuk said there was a growing need for emergency care to help our native wildlife.

    “Volunteers work tirelessly round-the-clock to rehabilitate Australian wildlife and to return them to the wild wherever possible,’ she said.

    “We are providing Australia Zoo, the RSPCA and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary with the extra assistance they need to ensure these vital services can continue but in a more integrated way.

    “On the Sunshine Coast, the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital takes in thousands of animals for treatment and care each year, with around 70% of the animals it receives being victims of car accidents or domestic pet attacks.

    “Over the past year, the RSPCA Wildlife Hospital in Brisbane provided care to more than 14,000 animals including native birds, possums, echidnas, koalas, kangaroos and snakes.

    “The Gold Coast’s Currumbin Wildlife Hospital was established in 1989 and to date has been responsible for the release of over 50,000 native animals back into the wild after successful veterinary treatment and rehabilitation,” she said.

    Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection Steven Miles said animal hospitals played a vital role in the rehabilitation of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife and the release of native animals such as koalas back into their natural habitat.

    “The cost of care and repair for our native wildlife adds up, with the expense of medications, anaesthetics, food, medical dressings and veterinary equipment,” Dr Miles said.

    Australia Zoo’s Terri Irwin said the grant would enable the expansion of their wildlife rescue and rehabilitation facilities, increased training, research and education.

    “This work is especially critical for the care and well-being of the South East Queensland population of koalas,” Ms Irwin said.

    “It is with tremendous appreciation that I would like to thank Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Environment Minister Steven Miles and Queensland Speaker Peter Wellington.

    “I will most certainly sleep better knowing that we can continue to care for the thousands of animals we treat every year.”

    The State Budget also provided an additional $12.1 million for koala protection measures; $5.8 million for crocodile management; and $2.7 million to help local councils monitor little-red flying fox movements and to improve management of roosts in urban areas.

     

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