A re-elected Morrison Government will invest up to $6 million to support Koala populations in South East Queensland and northern NSW as part of our plan for a cleaner environment.
The initiative includes on ground action to protect Koala habitat areas, enhance the corridors that connect local populations and funding for three Koala and wildlife hospitals.
Federal Member for Bonner Ross Vasta said the Koala is a national symbol and this program would play a key role in their protection in his electorate of Bonner.
“This is welcome funding for the Bonner community especially since the recent campaign from locals in Belmont to protect the ‘Koala Forest’ in Belmont from clearing by the State Labor Government.”
“We have a very unique environment here in Belmont with the vulnerable Grey-headed flying fox, gliders, koalas, echidnas and wallabies among the hundreds of birds, mammals identified and I’m pleased to be part of a Coalition Government delivering this vital funding to help fund local projects to protect our local fauna.”
“We will support a network of Koala hospital and research facilities at the Australian Wildlife Zoo, the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and the Queensland RSPCA, with each to receive up to $1 million,” Mr Vasta said.
“At the same time up to $3 million will be made available through local grants to protect Koala habitat in northern NSW and SE Queensland, including Bonner, to enhance the corridors that connect populations across the landscape.
“This funding will help private landholders to better protect, manage and restore habitat areas, support community education and engagement, and actions to reduce vehicle strikes and dog attacks.
Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said Brisbane City Council welcomed the multi-million dollar commitment to protect koalas and their natural environment.
“In 2016 Council committed $120 million over four years to fast track the protection of bushland, with an emphasis on protecting koala habitat,” Cr Schrinner said.
“It is fantastic to see the Federal Government also investing in enhancing koala corridors and protecting the at-risk species.”
The funding will be provided through the $100 million Environment Restoration Fund announced in the 2019-20 Budget. The Environment Restoration Fund has three key priority areas: protecting threatened and migratory species and their habitats; improving Australia’s coasts, oceans and waterways; and increasing recycling of waste.
The Environment Restoration Fund is a key part of the Morrison Government’s Plan for a Cleaner Environment, and builds on our $1 billion investment through the National Landcare Program and the $3.5 billion Climate Solutions Plan.