Stanmore Coal has recently committed $30,000 to Fauna Rescue Whitsundays as part of a three-year partnership to protect native wildlife.
Stanmore’s funding boost will contribute towards animal rehabilitation and care, including running costs associated with Fauna Rescue Whitsundays’ 24-hour hotline; food, housing, medicine and veterinary bills for injured wildlife; and education and training programs to wildlife carers, schools and local community groups.
Fauna Rescue Whitsundays President Jacqui Webb said the organisation was thrilled to partner with Stanmore to help support native wildlife across the Central Queensland region.
“As a not-for-profit, we rely entirely on donations, fundraising, membership fees and community grants to run and maintain Fauna Rescue Whitsundays, so this three-year partnership with Stanmore is incredibly valuable for us,” Ms Webb said.
Fauna Rescue Whitsundays has wildlife carers stationed across Central Queensland including in the Whitsundays, Mackay, Bowen, Collinsville, Dysart, Eton and Moranbah. Stanmore Coal has enjoyed a relationship with carers in Moranbah for more than two years and is committed to the protection of native species in the region.
Interim Chief Executive Officer Jon Romcke said Stanmore was pleased to support the vital rescue service.
“Not-for-profit volunteer organisations like Fauna Rescue Whitsundays are the heart and soul of our regional communities, and there has never been a more crucial time to back our local wildlife groups, particularly following the devastating bushfire season that has affected wildlife in the southern areas of Australia,” Mr Romcke said.
“We’re looking forward to supporting Fauna Rescue Whitsundays over the next three years as part of our commitment to making a difference in our community and assisting the preservation of native Australian species.”
Fauna Rescue Whitsundays is a non-profit, voluntary group dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of sick, injured and orphaned native wildlife. The organisation was established in 2001, and rescues between 400 and 1,000 animals each year depending on weather conditions, including koalas, possums and gliders, kangaroos, birds, echidnas and reptiles.