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Washington secures $2m in funding for Port Stephens koala care  

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Port Stephens Koala Hospital will now be able to increase wildlife veterinary capacity at the facility, thanks to a $2 million windfall.

The government funding, secured by local MP Kate Washington, is expected to allow the One Mile-based medical and conservation resource to employ staff to boost the volume of vets, nurses, surgery and feeding on site.

And, as a result, the team can carry on caring for rescued, ill, injured or orphaned wildlife requiring treatment, as well as rehabilitation for subsequent release.

Port Stephens MP Kate Washington.

Port Stephens Koala Hospital president Ron Land praised the efforts of Ms Washington and NSW Minister for Climate Change and the Environment Penny Sharpe.

“They are two of the greatest protectors of koalas in the state,” he said.

“This funding package is 100% devoted to preserving an iconic Australian endangered species in Port Stephens.

“Without it, we could not continue to save the lives of ill, injured, and orphaned koalas at our hospital.”

The latest financial assistance builds on the NSW Government’s previous $120,000 commitment to assist Port Stephens Council restore 60 hectares of koala habitat.

“Koalas are a much-loved member of our community… and an iconic part of our region,” Ms Washington said.

“This funding is a welcome announcement for the locals, who care deeply for koalas and will greatly assist the amazing army of volunteers at Port Stephens Koala Hospital.

“Together, we can help secure the future of koalas and other wildlife in our beautiful part of the world.”

The NSW Government remains staunch in ensuring the long-term survival of koalas in the wild and each partnership with councils, land managers, community organisations and wildlife groups is an important step toward achieving that goal, according to Ms Sharpe.

“We’re taking steps to prevent koalas ending up in veterinary care,” she said.

“This funding, which is a testament to the strong advocacy of Kate, helps ensure native wildlife has the best possible outcome when treated and returned to the wild.

“We are committed to guaranteeing koalas have a bright future in NSW and this involves supporting a range of conservation actions, including improving habitat, reducing vehicle strike and wildlife care.”

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