Boost for wildlife car­ers

Benalla Ensign - - News -

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.’’

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