The Wildlife Heroes Project has begun awarding emergency flood grants to wildlife groups in NSW following the devastating floods earlier this year. The first three emergency flood recover grants have been awarded with more in the final stages of assessment.
The overall purpose of the 2022 NSW Flood Emergency grant program is to support wildlife rehabilitation groups and the community to:
- Assist in the rescue and rehabilitation of injured wildlife in emergency events
- Support volunteer wildlife rehabilitation groups in emergency response activities
The program aims to achieve the following outputs:
- Increase number of wildlife emergency responders in NSW
- Decrease cost of emergency response to individual carers
- Increase number of wildlife that can be rescued and cared for during an emergency
- Enable wildlife groups to buy appropriate equipment and PPE for emergency response
- Enable replacement of small assets lost in storm or flood event
Grants have currently been awarded to three wildlife organisations (listed below) to an approximate combinded total of $30,000.
As additional grants are assessed, we look forward to sharing these awards, so please continue to watch this space.
Finally, we would like to acknowledge funding provided by the NSW Environmental Trust, as well as all of the amazing FNPW supporters who gave to our flood emergency campaign. Thank you.
Australian Seabird & Turtle Rescue Inc (ASTR)
After a full evacuation and being flooded twice, all animals from ASTR needed to be relocated to either Sea world on the Gold Coast, to Coffs Harbour or to volunteers private residence. ASTR is expecting an increase number of sea turtles as sea grass beds have been destroyed. Numerous fresh water turtles have been washed out to sea and are being found on beaches and brought to ASTR.
Read the “Flooded: Australian Seabird and Turtle Rescue” story (taken from the Wildlife Heroes stories page)
- Fuel vouchers to cover emergency evacuation of all animals in care
- Animal transport cages
- recirculating salt water systems
- Examination table
- Replacement turtle tanks
Northern Rivers Wildlife Carers (NRWC)
Reaching wildlife in distress was particularly challenging during the unprecedented flooding events with inundated roads and landslides throughout the area. Many rescued animals and birds were orphaned and require intense and long-term care. Local vets have been flooded which has meant transporting wildlife long distances for veterinary treatment.
- Wildlife food and formula
- Fuel vouchers
Wildlife in Need of Care (WINC)
Heavy rains saw an increase in rescues of macropods and birds, particularly seabirds. Animals coming into care have been water logged or malnourished, with others being displaced and wandering onto roads where they are hit by vehicles. With another La Nina season predicted next summer, WINC is preparing for the possibility of increased numbers of malnourished flying foxes and microbats.
- Wildlife Food
- Flying Fox care equipment
- Fuel vouchers
About Wildlife Heroes
The NSW Wildlife Heroes Project is managed by the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife with funding from the New South Wales Government through its Environmental Trust.