In 2016 the Andrews Labor Government will provide $240,000 to help support Victoria’s hardworking wildlife carers and institutions through the Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants Program.
Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP said around $170,000 will be provided to volunteer shelter operators and foster carers across Victoria, including in Western Victoria with grants of up to $2000 available.
In Victoria there are over 600 of these volunteers who are authorised by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) to rehabilitate sick, injured and orphaned animals for release.
Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio said the Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants Program supports this important work by people who help our wildlife when they need it most.
In August 2016 Melbourne hosted the Australian Wildlife Rehabilitation Conference and authorised shelter operators and foster carers who attended this event will be eligible for reimbursement of their registration fees, through this round of the Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants Program.
Applications are open now and will close on Friday 18 November 2016. Further information is available at www.delwp.vic.gov.au/wildlife-rehabilitator-grants
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP
“I encourage wildlife rehabilitators in Western Victoria to apply for these grants to help cover the costs of their important work in looking after sick or injured animals.”
“These grants support our accredited wildlife carers who put in their own time and money to rescue and rehabilitate sick or injured wildlife and release them back into the wild.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio
“We rely on volunteers to look after injured wildlife and release them back into the wild – these grants help to cover the costs of this important work.”