Scenic Rim wildlife carers could be eligible for grant funding, says mayor

GRANTED: Wildlife carers may be eligible for state government financial support.
GRANTED: Wildlife carers may be eligible for state government financial support.

SCENIC Rim wildlife carers will have the opportunity to apply for state government funding to help support the important and selfless work they are doing to care for our native wildlife, says council.

Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen said the funding announcement was welcome after ongoing drought and bushfires resulted in an increase in injured and sick wildlife across the region.

"The funding will be important to support many wildlife volunteers and I imagine there will be a lot of interest in the grants throughout Queensland, so I would encourage local interested applicants to apply early before the allocation is exhausted," Cr Christensen said.

Scenic Rim councillor Nadia O'Carroll said she was a strong advocate for protecting the region's biodiversity and wildlife and described the new grant funding as "excellent news".

"Unfortunately our wildlife is already struggling with human impacts and the recent drought and bushfires have created a huge increase in injured wildlife admissions to hospitals and carers, so the premier's announcement is very welcome," she said.

"The recent disastrous bushfires and drought generated immense care, compassion, support and practical assistance from a multitude of people across the region, so it would be great to see some of our local carers apply for funding.

"The government has advised the funding applications will open on January 29 and individual carers could apply for a grant of up to $2,000 and eligible care groups can apply for a grant of up to $5,000."

Cr O'Carroll said many more people were now more conscious of the devastating impact upon wildlife both in terms of the threat to biodiversity and to the suffering of individual animals but did not always understand funding arrangements.

"Many people do not realise that even some of the bigger organisations such as Australia Zoo and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary who provide the rescue, treatment, care, rehabilitation and release of injured wildlife are privately funded," she said.

"Other registered charities such as RSPCA, Wildcare and individual volunteer vets, wildlife carers and carer groups have to fundraise but still often struggle financially with the costs of caring for wildlife.

"It's great to see as part of the package that the government is providing $40,000 each to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital, RSPCA Wildlife Hospital and Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital to help them cover their costs to care for animals being brought in for treatment."

The government has advised that grant program guidelines and the application form will be published on the Department of Environment and Science's website on January 29 at qld.gov.au/environment/pollution/funding/community-sustainability