The bushfires have been devastating to Australia’s wildlife population, and in times of tragedy there has been a true display of resilience from regional animal hospitals, NGO’s, volunteers and Australia’s committed conservation community.
The Government will coordinate with organisations across Australia to ensure the allocation of government funding complements the overwhelmingly generous private donations we have been seeing from around the world.
The Australian Government is providing an initial $50 million for emergency wildlife and habitat recovery. This package will provide immediate support to protect wildlife, and work with scientists, ecologists, communities and land managers to plan the longer-term protection and restoration effort.
- $25 million for an emergency intervention fund to help with the immediate survival of affected animals, plants and ecological communities, and to control pests and weeds.
- $25 million to support wildlife rescue, our zoos, Natural Resource Management groups, Greening Australia and Conservation Volunteers Australia with on the ground activities. This will include:
- up to $7 million for Natural Resource Management groups in bushfire affected areas to carry out emergency interventions
- up to $7.5 million to support on-ground wildlife rescue, protection and care services
- up to $5 million for Greening Australia to increase supply of seed and native plants for revegetation
- up to $3 million for Taronga Zoo, Zoos South Australia and Zoos Victoria for treatment of injured wildlife and the establishment of insurance populations of at-risk species. This is in addition to the $3 million committed in late 2019 to support Queensland Koala Hospitals and the $3 million for koala habitat restoration in northern NSW and south-east QLD
- up to $2.5 million for Conservation Volunteers Australia to mobilise volunteers through a national coordination point.
Forfurther information on the bushfire recovery package for wildlife and their habitat please go the Bushfire Recovery page on the Department of the Environment and Energy’s website.
The Department of Environment and Energy has released an initial list of threatened and migratory species known or predicted to occur in areas affected by bushfires.
See the list of contact details for animal welfare charities that are able to accept tax deductable donations and are working to support the bushfire relief or recovery efforts.