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Koala Rescue and Rehabilitation Grants

Grant recipients

Applications for round three of the Koala Rescue and Rehabilitation Grants Program closed on 30 January 2015.

Funding for Round three of $222,436 has been awarded to eight organisations throughout Queensland in support of their koala rescue, transport and care activities. Grants are being provided for projects including establishing a koala fodder plantation, construction of pre-release enclosures, provision of specialist equipment and services for koala rescue and critical care, and tailored public education materials and displays on threats and conservation needs for koalas. 

Round two of the program allocated $191,195 to 11 organisations largely in South East Queensland in support of their koala rescue, transport and care activities.

Round one of the program allocated $258,339 to 11 organisations for a similar range of projects. All projects have now been completed with fodder trees now established, koala rescue and care facilities improved and expanded and educational displays on koala conservation developed.

List of successful round three projects

Organisation

Project description

Amount

Australian Native Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Association Inc.
(ANARRA)

This project aims to establish a 500 tree koala fodder plantation to provide leaf for koalas in care situated on the same property

$8,158

Australian Animals Care and Education Inc.

This project aims to purchase two purpose built koala enclosures and handling and assessment equipment for sick and injured koalas. It will also establish a 1000 tree koala fodder plantation. The applicant is currently constructing a koala rescue and rehabilitation clinic.

 $16,420

Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation

This project aims to maintain koala tree plantation established from round two and the purchase of maintenance equipment and irrigation equipment.

 $42,248

Fauna Rescue Whitsundays Association Inc.

This project aims to construct two release enclosures, purchase rescue and rehabilitation equipment, provide for training and increase the tree fodder plantation by 100 trees.

 $22,618

Wildcare Australia Inc.

This project aims to purchase rescue equipment to be used by new koala rescuers and replace equipment that is no longer in working order.

 $6,460

Moreton Bay Koala Rescue Inc.

This project aims to purchase rescue equipment to be used by carers and volunteer koala rescuers and the construction of koala fencing for the established plantation at organisations location.

 $12,209

Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Qld Inc. (RSPCA)

This project aims to purchase veterinary equipment vital to the treatment and rehabilitation of orphaned, sick and injured koalas at RSPCA Wildlife Hospital.

 $73,219

Return to the Wild Inc.

This project aims to update existing and purchase new and effective rescue and rehabilitation equipment.

 $41,102

List of successful round two projects

Organisation

Project description

Amount

Ipswich Koala Protection Society Incorporated

Conserve and protect koalas and their habitat through rescue and rehabilitation, education and public awareness.

$14,200

Pine Rivers Koala Care Association Incorporated

Upgrade and equip trained members for difficult koala rescues. Educate and raise public awareness regarding concerns and the values of koalas. Increase group capacity to care for, rehabilitate and release orphaned koalas to the wild.

$3,747

Wildcare Australia Incorporated

Equip members to rescue, rehabilitate and care for orphaned, sick or injured koalas.

$4,045

Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation

Establish a koala fodder plantation and storage facility to supply the increasing food demands of koalas housed long-term at the hospital.

$90,909

Magnetic Island Community Development Association Incorporated

Enable the continuation of quality koala veterinary treatment and rehabilitation on Magnetic Island and nearby areas.

$14,505

Australian Native Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Association Incorporated

Better equip the group for koala care and rehabilitation in an otherwise poorly serviced area. Provide a relocatable pre-release enclosure that meets best-practice koala care guidelines.

$12,764

Koala Action Incorporated

Increase capacity for community education on the risks facing koalas, ways to mitigate these risks and strategies for community empowerment and participation in koala conservation.

$3,910

Return to the Wild Incorporated

Provide and equip a local triage and critical care facility, a pre-release enclosure and koala rescue and care equipment to minimise trauma to critically injured koalas waiting for treatment or transfer, alleviate travel needs and retain koalas in familiar surroundings.

$27,239

Manly Road Veterinary Hospital

Provide advanced triage assessment and treatment of sick, injured and orphaned koalas.

$8,921

RSPCA Qld Inc.

Provide koala tracking and scanning equipment for faster response to roadside incidents; to identify previously cared for koalas, their illnesses or injuries; to mark release sites and determine previous release sites; map koala habitats; and to save and collate data for future use.

$5,454

Sunshine Coast Koala Wildlife Rescue

Equip group members with crucial equipment for koala rescues to ensure quick and stress-free rescues.

$5,500

List of successful round one projects

Organisation

Project description

Amount

Australian Rescue and Rehabilitation of Wildlife

Purchase a koala rescue trap for the earlier treatment of sick koalas.

$1,200

Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors Worldwide Pty Ltd

Purchase new rescue equipment and fund training courses in tree climbing for additional staff to ensure multiple trained staff members can be on call at any one time.

Establish a new 10 hectare eucalypt plantation, providing a long-term secure supply of koala fodder for the koalas in care at the hospital.

$165,472

Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation

Construct a koala rehabilitation facility to greatly expand the ability of the hospital to fully rehabilitate koalas recovering from trauma and disease.

$20,661

Ipswich Koala Protection Society Incorporated

Establish purpose-built cages to accommodate koalas overnight and short-term at the organisation's clinic.

Equip the clinic with a drug safe and digital scales for accurate weights.

Update/replace existing rescue equipment and to equip new members with rescue equipment.

$10,428

Koala Action Pine Rivers

Establish a koala food tree plantation at Madeline Drive Park on council land to be used by carers from Koala Action Pine Rivers Inc.

$12,667

Magnetic Island Fauna Care Organisation

Build a safe enclosure to keep koalas overnight to assist vet treatment.

Build on existing equipment.

Establish a eucalypt plantation.

$3,764

Moreton Bay Koala Rescue Incorporated

Provide the latest equipment and appropriate gear to undertake koala rescue and care activities.

Allow the organisation to provide additional rescuers and carers with the tools essential to the task.

$4,700

Pine Rivers Koala Care Association Incorporated

Update existing and purchase new and effective rescue and rehabilitation equipment.

$4092

RSPCA Qld Inc.

Purchase koala cages and surgical/diagnostic equipment for the new RSPCA Wildlife Hospital at the Brisbane campus.

$21,557

Sunshine Coast Koala Wildlife Rescue

Equip two accredited tree climber rescuers with tree climbing equipment.

Equip new volunteers with rescue gear.

$7,500

Wildcare Australia Incorporated

Purchase rescue and rehabilitation equipment to be used by licensed koala rehabilitators.

$6,298

Last updated
8 August 2015