Funding round gives $200,000 to Koala protection

The RSPCA Wildlife Hospital at Wacol is one of eight organisations to share in $200,000 to help protect Queensland's koalas.

The Queensland Government is investing in more than $70,000 worth of vital new equipment to help sick and injured koalas at the centre.

Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles will visit to the hospital today (Saturday, 8 August) where he will see firsthand some of the native animals which end up in need of treatment.

"The RSPCA, like many other frontline organisations in Queensland, largely runs on the goodwill and dedication of volunteers and I'm delighted to announce this further government support for the excellent work they do," said Dr Miles.

"The partnership between RSPCA and the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection is an excellent example of how the government and the community can work together to achieve positive outcomes for our native wildlife."

The $73,219 grant for the RSPCA was one of several announced by Dr Miles in round three of the Koala Rescue and Rehabilitation Grants program.

It will be used for a range of vital equipment including a Storz Endoscopy unit with laparascope and video to significantly reduce the need for invasive procedures in the treatment and rehabilitation of koalas.

The RSPCA has previously received $29,713 under rounds one and two of the program to purchase koala cages, surgical and diagnostic equipment, koala tracking and scanning equipment.

"This has helped provide valuable care for native animals and assisted with their response to roadside incidents.

"It is crucial Queensland does all it can to protect this Australian icon. The koala is listed as vulnerable in south east Queensland, however, a process is currently underway to list it as vulnerable across the state," Dr Miles said.

More than $600,000 has been allocated to 30 projects to date through the Koala Rescue and Rehabilitation Grant Program.

Other recipients under round three are:

  • Australian Native Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation at Glastonbury near Gympie - $8158 to establish a 500 tree koala fodder plantation to provide leaf for koalas in care situated on the same property
  • Australian Animals Care and Education - $16,420 to purchase two purpose built koala enclosures and handling and assessment equipment for sick and injured koalas. The recipient is also constructing a koala rescue and rehabilitation clinic and a 1000 tree koala fodder plantation to be established on the same property
  • Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation - $42,248 for the purchase of maintenance equipment and irrigation equipment for their koala tree plantation which was funded under round two of the grant program.
  • Fauna Rescue Whitsundays Association - $22,618 for the construction of two release enclosures, and increase the tree fodder plantation by 100 trees
  • Wildcare Australia - $6460 to purchase rescue equipment
  • Moreton Bay Koala Rescue - $12,209 to purchase rescue equipment and the construction of koala fencing
  • Return to the Wild - $41,102 to purchase hospital and care equipment. It also aims to establish a 3,000 tree fodder plantation at the organisation's koala clinic.