Applications open for wildlife carer grants
Our wildlife often bear the brunt of drought and bushfire events, and it’s during these times that the community is reminded of the important role our wildlife carer groups play for our environment and the broader community.
Council, through its Environment Levy, regularly offers grants to registered wildlife carers in the region and applications for the next round of grants are now open.
Council has allocated $30,000 of the Environment Levy revenue for projects and activities undertaken by wildlife carers in the region.
To be eligible for a grant, applicants must have a wildlife rehabilitation permit number, reside in the region, and able to provide details about their facilities and operations and what the grant will be used for.
Click here to complete an online application form. Applications close 16 December 2019.
The Gympie region is home to over 3600 species of native plants and animals.
The abundance of wildlife is due to our region being in an area where northern tropical and southern temperate native species overlap.
Our coastal wetland environment, region's bushlands, rivers, streams and foreshores provide important habitat for migratory birds, koalas, the Mary River Cod, the Mary River Turtle, the Australian Lungfish and Loggerhead Turtle, to name a few.
Conservation planning for koalas and their habitat is important to ensure long-term conservation of koalas.
The Koala Conservation Management Plan 2018 has been developed through extensive consultation with Local Natural Resource Management Groups.
It includes both short and long-term goals aimed at reducing the wide range of threats facing koalas in the Gympie region.