More koalas to be saved with new Qld Government funding

THE State Government will spend $200,000 a year for four years as part of a plan to help Queensland's struggling koala population.

Environment Minister Andrew Powell's announcement did little to entertain the koala brought to the Parliament's Speakers Green for the occasion.

It happily munched on leaves as the minister explained how the $800,000 package would work.

Organisations directly involved with helping sick, injured and orphaned koalas may be eligible for one of the grants.

"The Koala Rescue and Rehabilitation Grants will expand the scope of koala conservation programs beyond habitat protection and enhancement," Mr Powell said.

The grants are part of a $26.5 million Investing in our Koalas policy.

Earlier this year, the state launched a three-year, $22.5 million Koala Habitat Program, earlier to target degraded koala habitat for acquisition and rehabilitation.

More than 70 applications for the Koala Habitat Program have been received to date and South-east Queensland landholders have another two weeks to lodge expressions of interest with submissions closing on October 31.

Applications for the rescue and rehabilitation grants opened on Friday and will close on December 7.



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