Boost for wildlife carers
Injured wildlife in and around Benalla will have a better chance of survival thanks to a Victorian Government grants initiative.
Benalla’s Sharon Miles is one recipient who received $1098 for the wildlife shelter she operates.
Almost $170 000 in funding for Victorian rehabilitators was announced along with a new online help tool.
State Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said that 14 shelter operators and animal foster carers in Northern Victoria would receive funding thanks to the government’s Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants.
The grants are designed to help with the costs associated with caring for Victoria’s diverse wildlife and can include equipment and infrastructure to assist with the operation of their facilities and to attend appropriate training.
The funding comes as Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio launched Help for Injured Wildlife, a new tool that connects Victorians with volunteers and professionals who can assist animals when they are in trouble.
The new online tool provides information about wildlife rehabilitators, rescue organisations and veterinarians in local areas who can care for the type of animal in need of help, such as a kangaroo or koala.
The tool is smartphone compatible and includes advice for first responders according to the type of animal and the injury it appears to have sustained.
Victoria has a network of authorised and dedicated volunteers who provide an amazing kind-hearted service helping wildlife found in distress or pain.
‘‘Our wildlife rehabilitators are at the frontline in protecting Victoria’s native animals and this funding gives them the support they deserve,’’ Ms Symes said.
‘‘We’re giving people in our community the tools and funding they need to protect our local environment.
‘‘This tool will make it easier and faster for injured animals to get the help they need, anywhere in Victoria.
‘‘Our Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants are supporting Northern Victoria’s volunteers who house, feed and care for our wildlife when they need it most.’’