The Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital has received $401,500 from the NSW Nationals in the state and federal governments to build accommodation and training facilities for emergency wildlife veterinarians, vet nurses, volunteers, and carers.
The funding comes from the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Package which was established to support bushfire recovery, response, and preparedness in NSW.
Nationals M.L.C Ben Franklin said this investment would support the Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital to continue offering crucial and life-saving care.
“Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital has treated over 1,000 wildlife patients in under seven months, working with wildlife carers and vets across the NSW North Coast and hinterland,” Mr Franklin said.
“Infrastructure of this kind will help the Wildlife Hospital meet the growing demand for dedicated wildlife treatment, provide an essential, practical service for vets, volunteers and carers, and draw people to the region as a hub for education and skills development in wildlife conservation.
“This project will increase the preparedness of our region in the future to deal with disasters such as bushfires and I’m proud to proud to represent the NSW Government in helping provide over $400,000 for the Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital.”
Federal Nationals Member for Page Kevin Hogan said the funding is a massive boost for the Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital, which offers a fantastic service for the local community.
“This project will boost our economic recovery and create jobs in our community during construction,” Mr Hogan said.
“I would like to congratulate and thank the wildlife vets, nurses, carers and staff who are part of this organisation. They do a great job protecting our native animals.”
The Wildlife Vet Stay and Training Centre will use local businesses and contractors to plan, construct and fit out two fixed and connected ‘Tiny Houses’ and a facility for education programs. It will also support life education programs for indigenous youth dealing with trauma and loss by facilitating healing and learning through connection with Australian wildlife.
The Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Package is part of the $4.5 billion bushfire support program co-funded by the NSW Nationals in the state and federal governments.