Wildlife across the Northern Rivers could soon have greater care following an announcement by NSW Nationals candidate for Lismore, Austin Curtin, that a re-elected Liberals and Nationals Government will invest $135,000 into local wildlife projects.

Mr Curtin said under the NSW Nationals in Government, $100,000 in seed funding will be provided for a new Lismore Wildlife Hospital, while $35,000 will be used for new equipment at the Koala Triage, Treatment and Pathology Clinic.

“We know the Northern Rivers is home to a vast number of wildlife which is why we want to ensure can get the care they need, when they need it,” Mr Curtin said.

“I know that the community group have been working tirelessly to see this project move forward and I am proud to be able to lend my support.

“Currently injured animals have to be taken to Currumbin in Queensland, many don’t survive the hour and a half journey and it takes its toll on those that do.

Mr Curtin said there could be additional benefits from a Wildlife Hospital in Lismore such as employment, education, research partnerships and possibly some eco-tourism opportunities.

“Not only does this funding allow these projects to move forward, but it also helps to establish Lismore as a future leader in wildlife care,” Mr Curtin concluded.