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Koalas of Raymond Island volunteers nursing koalas received $4000 grant from federal government to support their life-saving work with local population

A $4000 government grant aids volunteers nursing sick koalas on Raymond Island. The funding will assist with equipment purchase and support the shelter's life-saving work and educational initiatives.

By news@gippsland - 19th May 2023 - Back to News

Volunteers who are nursing sick and injured koalas back to good health have received some extra help with a $4000 federal government grant. Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said 'Koalas of Raymond Island Inc' would use the funding to assist its life-saving work with the local koala population. "A small but dedicated team of volunteers are doing amazing work to care for koalas at the island's only shelter for sick and injured animals."

From left to right, Member for Gippsland Darren Chester with volunteers Jane, Carol, Cath and Shelley

From left to right, Member for Gippsland Darren Chester with volunteers Jane, Carol, Cath and Shelley

Shelter's impressive impact

Mr Chester said, "The volunteers are reliant on grants and donations to run the shelter and every time I visit I am impressed by their work. Without volunteers, the shelter wouldn't exist and the 24 hour care they provide for wildlife would be lost from our community."

In addition to the voluntary rescue service for koalas, the team trains locals on how to care for local wildlife and conducts information sessions for visitors and students exploring the island's koala trail," he said. Mr Chester said the grant funding would support the purchase of specialised animal rescue equipment and first aid kits for volunteers.

Pictures from Darren Chester MP website.


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