City of Logan Wildlife funding

Man holding flying fox at Cornubia.
Cornubia wildlife carer Joerg Rockstroh with one of the flying foxes
he is caring for at his Cornubia home.

City of Logan wildlife carers have been thrown a Council lifeline as they rehabilitate injured animals after recent near-record flooding.

Registered carers can access up to $3000 in Wildlife Carer Support Funding through Council’s EnviroGrants program.

Council has extended the application period for additional wildlife carer funding support by two weeks. It is now open until Thursday, March 31.

The funding, an increase on the usual $1500 grants, is to help them nurse wildlife back to health after devastating flooding across the city.

Environment Chair, Councillor Jon Raven, said the extra money would provide vital support for local carers.

“Council has doubled its support for the City of Logan’s carers in the wake of the devastating flooding across the city,” he said.

“We know that flooding impacts animals as well as people and our carers do an amazing job getting sick, injured and abandoned animals back to health.”

Flagstone carers Bob and Maureen Wiley look after about 40 animals at any one time.

Their living room resembles an animal hospital, with sick and injured possums and gliders receiving treatment.

Tawny frogmouths, kingfishers and corellas shelter are in aviaries outside.

The Wileys’ property was under ankle deep water during the flood.

“The backyard was under 150 millimetres of water,” Bob said.

Maureen said the extra funding was welcome.

“It’s a god send, it really is,” she said.

“With floods, you just get inundated with animals which have been washed out, or blown out, of their habitats.

“This money will be absolutely fantastic for us.”

Cornubia wildlife carers Joerg and Anja Rockstroh help rehabilitate injured and abandoned flying foxes.

The couple is currently caring for 17 of the fruit bats and have had up to 30 at times in their backyard aviary.

The Rockstrohs, who moved to Australia from Germany 14 years ago and instantly fell in love with our native animals and plants, spend thousands of dollars each year in food and housing costs to rehabilitate wildlife.

“This extra financial support from Council is really appreciated,” Jeorg said.

“We hope to build a second aviary so any help with that would be a boost.

“We weren’t flooded, but any extra in grants that we might receive under this new program would also allow us to help other wildlife carers who were affected.”

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