Funding to protect native wildlife in East Gippsland
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Funding to protect native wildlife in East Gippsland

Wildlife carers in East Gippsland can continue protecting and nurturing the region’s native wildlife following the latest round of the Victorian Coalition Government’s $212,700 Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants.

Member for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, said the Napthine Government had provided $10,987 to help seven shelter operators and volunteers care for sick and injured wildlife.

“The work of the seven grant recipients is crucial to maintaining the health and prosperity of the region’s local wildlife,” Mr Bull said.

“The funding will go towards essential purchases for shelters across the electorate including:
•    Paynesville    (New wombat enclosure - $1,895)
•    Mallacoota    (Purchase heat pads/hot boxes and cages -    $611)
•    Cobbannah (Aviary and supplementary feed and wombats - $800)
•    Goongerah    (Feed for wildlife under care, fuel for rescue pick-ups - $500)
•    Nicholson (Heat pads/hot boxes, formula and feed for animals - $500)
•    Cassilis (Lockable storage area, pouches, bedding, medical supplies - $1,299)
•    Goongerah    (Enclosure for wombat grazing - $1,998)
•    Mallacoota    (Heat pads & hot boxes, movable pool for seabirds - $1,500)
•    Raymond Island (Enclosures for koala joeys, vet bills - $1,884)

Mr Bull said animal carers and shelter operators in East Gippsland do essential work to protect and nurture native wildlife, and thanked them for their commitment.

“These grants are another example of how the Napthine Government continues to support practical action in our local community.”

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 totalling $212,700 to maintain or upgrade the facilities they need to care for native animals,” Mr Smith said.

“Each year in Victoria authorized shelter operators and foster carers rehabilitate sick, injured and orphaned wildlife for release.

“The Napthine Government is committed to recognizing and rewarding those Victorians with the experience, knowledge and commitment to protect our iconic wildlife,” Mr Smith said.