$14,200 from State Government to help koala care work

IPSWICH Koala Protection Society has received $14,200 from the State Government to help its koala care work.

Ipswich MP Ian Berry said the funding was provided to the society through the second round of the government's koala rescue and rehabilitation grant program.

"The LNP government knows that koalas in this area face a number of threats including risk from vehicle strike, domestic dogs and declining habitat," Mr Berry said.

"This funding will assist the Ipswich Koala Protection Society to purchase a purpose-built educational trailer and accessories to enhance the society's public koala education activities.

"Staffed entirely by volunteers, the Ipswich Koala Protection Society provides a 24/7 ambulance service and has rescued up to 100 injured koalas per year.

"The society raises orphaned koalas, plants trees for koala fodder, and educates the community and community organisations on koalas and their needs.

"The Newman government is delighted to assist the society with its vital koala work."

Environment and Heritage Protection Minister Andrew Powell said the Koala Rescue and Rehabilitation Grants were part of the government's $26.5 million Investing to Protect Our Koalas initiative.

"The Koala Rescue and Rehabilitation Grants help community organisations extend koala conservation efforts beyond habitat protection," he said.



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