STUART GRIMLEY MP

Member for Western Victoria
Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party

Constituency Question – Rapid Response Carers


Mr GRIMLEY (Western Victoria) (19:00): My constituency question is to the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change. I recently had the pleasure of meeting Tehree from Jirralingha Koala and Wildlife Sanctuary while adopting a koala—virtually that is. Tehree explained that prior to the 2009 Black Saturday fires the state government funded the training of hundreds of rapid response carers who are equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to retrieve sick or injured wildlife which are still alive in fire-affected areas. Despite the government providing this training where the carers had the opportunity to purchase approved boots, clothing, equipment and extensive training, in most cases—and certainly following this fire season—they have never been called to service, which has potentially contributed to the needless loss of native Australian wildlife. Some estimates point to the loss of 1.25 billion native animals nationally, further reinforcing the need for support from rapid response carers. My question is: despite the state government funding the resourcing and training of rapid response carers, can the minister explain why there have been minimal call-outs?   

STUART GRIMLEY MP

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