- Local wildlife shelters to share in Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants
- Grants assist shelters to care for native wildlife in Gippsland South
- Coalition Government is building a better Victoria
Wildlife carers in Gippsland South can continue protecting the region’s native animals following the latest round of the Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Government’s Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants.
Deputy Premier and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Peter Ryan today announced $8,725 in grants to help locals care for sick and injured wildlife.
“The work of the five grant recipients is important to maintaining the health of the region’s local wildlife,” Mr Ryan said.
“Animal carers and shelter operators here in Gippsland South do important work to protect and nurture our native wildlife.
“For example, Our Haven Wildlife Shelter at Golden Beach was one of the recipients of funding, receiving $2,000 to assist in their work.
“Theresa and Tony Matthews at Our Haven Wildlife Shelter perform a marvelous service to our local community in taking care of sick and injured wildlife.
“This funding will assist Theresa and Tony to build a new enclosure for kangaroos and joeys, allowing them to reclaim the living space in their home from the wildlife which currently occupy it.
“It will also assist them to purchase heat pads to assist the joeys, who have lost their mothers, to sleep, along with an incubator for very young joeys.
“These grants are another example of how the Coalition Government continues to support practical environmental projects in our local community.”
Mr Ryan said other grant recipients in Gippsland South included:
- Individual carers in Sale to receive a grant worth $1061 to repair an enclosure and purchase nest and release boxes;
- Individual carers in Koonwarra to receive $2000 to purchase a flight aviary for bird rehabilitation;
- Individual carers in Welshpool to receive $2000 to purchase heat pads and hot boxes, formula to feed the animals and fuel for rescues; and
- Individual carers in Woorarra West to receive $1664 for a new enclosure.
The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region Danny O’Brien said in Victoria each year authorised shelter operators and foster carers rehabilitate sick, injured and orphaned wildlife for release.
“The Coalition Government is committed to recognising and rewarding those in Gippsland with the experience, knowledge and commitment to protect our iconic wildlife,” Mr O’Brien said.
Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith said the Coalition Government’s Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants Program supports an amazing network of tireless and dedicated volunteers.
“More than 100 carers and shelter operators along with three wildlife organisations across Victoria will share in grants totaling $212,700 to maintain or upgrade the facilities they need to care for native animals,” Mr Smith said.
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