A re-elected Palaszczuk Labor Government has pledged $140,500 to support Australia Zoo's animal rehabilitation and koala habitat restoration work.
Around $100,000 will be provided to complete stage two of the bird rehabilitation enclosure and possum enclosure at the Wildlife Hospital, and a further $40,500 will be provided to the Zoo's Wildlife Warriors for land restoration.
Speaking in the Glass House electorate today, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the funding would support the vital wildlife rescue and rehabilitation work of Australia Zoo.
"We will provide Australia Zoo with the extra assistance it needs to ensure they can provide emergency care to protect our native wildlife," Ms Palaszczuk said.
"Here on the Sunshine Coast, the Zoo's Wildlife Hospital takes in thousands of animals for treatment and care each year, with around 70% of the animals it receives being victims of car accidents or domestic pet attacks.
"Animal hospitals play a vital role in the rehabilitation of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife—and the release of native animals such as birds and koalas back into their natural habitat."
Environment Minister Steven Miles said the land restoration project, just south of Yarraman, would create a safe haven for the koala population.
"Wildlife Warriors are doing fantastic work on the coast and further afield protecting our native animals, especially koalas," Mr Miles said.
"The Palaszczuk Government is proud to support conservationists like Wildlife Warriors who work in their local communities on projects that really make a difference."
Labor candidate for Glass House Brent Hampstead said a re-elected Palaszczuk Government was set to support even more conservation projects, with the recent announcement of a $500 million land restoration fund.
"Excessive tree-clearing in Queensland has put native animals, like our koalas, at risk. And when I talk to the people of Glass House, it's one of the first issues they raise," Mr Hampstead said.
"That's why the Palaszczuk Government will re-introduce sensible land-clearing laws and provide plenty of incentive for groups like Wildlife Warriors—as well as landholders and Traditional Owners to plant more trees and protect important habitat."
Labor candidate for Caloundra Jason Hunt said: "Wildlife Warriors will improve an incredible 1,612 acres of important koala habitat at a Googa Creek property just south of Yarraman.
"They will remove lantana and other weeds and control feral dogs and cats making the area safer for the koalas that live there.
"I'm delighted the Palaszczuk Government has delivered funding for this fantastic project."
Wildlife Warriors are on the frontline of saving Australia's national icon species, specifically at the Australia Zoo Wildlife hospital, which is one of the biggest and busiest of its kind in the world.
Director of Australia Zoo Wes Mannion said projects like this were vital to creating safe areas for wildlife to thrive. They allow animals to move safely within their habitat.
"The Palaszczuk Government's support will be instrumental in helping Wildlife Warriors continue this important land management work," Mr Mannion said.
"We're extremely grateful for the funding support from the Palaszczuk Government to undertake this project, so that we can continue protecting our gorgeous wildlife living here in Queensland."