Environment Minister Reece Whitby has today presented a Lotterywest grant to the Darling Range Wildlife Shelter to further support its efforts in caring for sick or injured wildlife.
The wildlife shelter was awarded a total of $144,826, which will go towards equipment, resources and the fit out of a new volunteer facility.
The upgrades will address the growing demand for the shelter’s services and volunteer support.
Darling Range Wildlife Shelter plays an important role in rehabilitating fauna, including after bushfires. It is one of the largest and longest running wildlife rehabilitation centres in the Perth metropolitan area.
The shelter is a member of the Wildlife Emergency Response Group, which formed in the wake of the 2021 Wooroloo bushfire.
Shelter volunteers have provided tireless support over the years, including recently when they assisted the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions staff in relocating 172 cygnets from Forrestdale Lake.
The group has also aided in the transport of endangered loggerhead turtles to ensure the animals had access to vets at Perth Zoo.
As stated by Environment Minister Reece Whitby:
“Darling Range Wildlife Shelter plays a valuable role to ensure the best care for injured or sick wildlife.
“This work would be impossible without the incredible effort volunteers and community members play in the organisation.”
As stated by Kalamunda MLA Matthew Hughes:
“It’s great to see this Lotterywest grant going to such a worthwhile cause in supporting our local wildlife.
“Volunteers are critical and I would like to thank everyone who offers their time and makes our community a better place.”