New mobile aviary helps wildlife take flight
Wildcare Australia has received $3,830 in funding from water and waste management company SUEZ to build a mobile "soft release" aviary for the release of rehabilitated native wildlife.
Wildcare Australia’s Rachel Lyons said the new aviary is a welcome addition that will allow animals to initially adjust and then come and go from the aviary as they gain confidence at their new release site.
“The grant has been used to construct a specialised mobile release aviary which will allow us to release rehabilitated wildlife back to a suitable habitat over a larger number of sites,” said Ms Lyons.
“The mobile aviary will be used by volunteer wildlife carers throughout South East Queensland to release birds, possum and gliders.”
“This SUEZ Community Grant means that volunteers will now have access to specialised equipment which we were not able to purchase otherwise,” Ms Lyons added.
Noosa Sewage Treatment Plant Manager for SUEZ, Michael O’Connell, presented the cheque to Ms Lyons on Thursday.
“It is great to be able to fully fund a project that concentrates on the rescue and rehabilitation of native Australian animals,” said Mr O’Connell.
“SUEZ is proud to be able to support the wonderful volunteers at Wildcare Australia and provide a soft release aviary so that mammals and bird species can be released into their most appropriate habitat.”
State Member for Noosa Glen Elmes MP said that the value of programs such as Wildlife Australia’s mobile aviary must never be underestimated.
“The South East Queensland (SEQ) Regional Plan forecasts an extra 2 million people will be living in SEQ by 2041. Our wildlife needs all the help it can get and I applaud the work of Wildlife Australia and congratulate them on their insightful program to translocate wildlife to safer and sustainable places,” Mr Elmes said.
Wildcare Australia Inc. is a non-profit organisation situated throughout South Queensland that rehabilitates over 5,000 native animals each year. Volunteers rehabilitate animals handed over from the general community, vet clinics and specialised wildlife facilities such as Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, Currumbin Wildlife Hospital, RSPCA Wacol and RSPCA Eumundi
The SUEZ Community Grants program is now in its third year and the company has donated more than $400,000 to community organisations across Australia
For more information on the SUEZ Community Grants program or to register to receive information about the next grant round in 2017 visit www.suezcommunitygrants.com.au/.