Hope on the horizon for bushfire communities
Months after Australia's bushfire crisis left communities devastated and wildlife populations destroyed, there is hope on the horizon for those left reeling in the aftermath.
News Corp Australia has today announced the next round of grants from the ongoing support fund to aid the recovery of bushfire-affected communities.
Recipients include the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital on Queensland's Gold Coast, which will use the $48,000 donation to purchase a multipurpose rescue 4WD that will play an important role in rehabilitating injured native animals.
"The new vehicle will provide exceptional quality transport and facilities to aid our staff in giving injured wildlife the best chance of survival possible," said foundation director at the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Whitney Luzzo-Kelly.
As well as transporting injured, orphaned and sick wildlife, the vehicle will be used for the collection and delivery of fresh vegetation to the rehabilitation facility and animal hospital.
"The vehicle will be purchased immediately to assist the team with their daily mission to care for wildlife," Ms Luzzo-Kelly said.
"The Currumbin Wildlife Hospital is grateful for the generosity provided by News Corp, without the support of our community we wouldn't have the capability to admit 12,000-plus animals per year."
The grants will fund projects in Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania.
To date, $2.4 million has been donated by News Corp Australia to various national and local organisations and projects.
In this round of grants, $150,000 will be donated to Landcare Australia for a project run by
Capricornia Catchments, which aims to help Queenslanders with property recovery and preparedness such as emergency access to escape routes and water sources.
In Victoria, a grant of $150,000 will be donated to Landcare Australia for a wildlife project in East Gippsland that will provide private landowners with the opportunity to set aside areas as habitat or feeding areas for endangered species.
Queensland's Rural Fire Brigade Association will receive a $50,000 donation, while Tasmania's Lachlan Fire Brigade will receive $49,500 to upgrade their current fire station.
News Corp Australia's Community Ambassador, Penny Fowler, said investing in rural and regional recovery will continue to be a priority.
"We are pleased to continue our support of rural and regional Australia, in particular, bushfire-affected areas in Queensland and Tasmania who have been through one of the toughest years
Mrs Fowler said Landcare Australia had been on the ground working with communities for 30 years and the projects would go a long way towards restoring habitats and assisting in the mental wellbeing of communities still struggling in the aftermath of the devastating bushfires.
The donations in this round are:
- $150,000 to Landcare Australia project in Capricornia Catchments, QLD
- $150,000 to Landcare Australia project in East Gippsland, QLD
- $48,000 to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital, QLD
- $50,000 to the Rural Fire Brigade Association Queensland
- $49,500 to Lachlan Fire Station, TAS
Originally published as Hope on the horizon for bushfire communities