Andrew Katos, Member for South Barwon today announced that wildlife rehabilitators, shelter operators and foster carers can now apply for grants of up to $5,000 to care for wildlife.
“Wild life carers do an incredible job and I commend these organisations for their passion and commitment to looking after local wildlife”.
“I encourage local wild life carer organisations within the City of Greater Geelong, Borough of Queenscliffe and Surf Coast Shire to apply for funding,” Mr Katos said.
Minister for Environment and Climate Change Ryan Smith said the funding will help wildlife rehabilitators cover the cost of veterinary bills, feed, medicine, maintaining enclosures and even training courses.
“Our wildlife rehabilitators, shelter operators and foster carers are dedicated to looking after sick or injured animals and many of them are volunteers.
“That’s why the Victorian Coalition Government has provided a four-year funding package to support the work of dedicated people and organisations that will help cover the costs associated with caring for wildlife.
“Without these wildlife shelter operators and wildlife foster carers some of our beloved native wildlife would be left without much-needed support,” Mr Smith said.
This round of funding is part of the Victorian Government’s $1.2 million over four years Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants Program which will also provide funding to support vital wildlife emergency response institutions including:
- $27,500 to Phillip Island Nature Park;
- $40,000 to Zoos Victoria; and
- $2,500 to the Dolphin Research Institute.
Application forms will be posted to all registered organisations and carers in the coming days. Applications open on Monday 6 February 2012 and close on Monday 5 March 2012.
To find out more information about the wildlife rehabilitators program, go to www.dse.vic.gov.au or call 13 61 86.