South West wildlife groups provided a helping hand

FAWNA president Suzi Strapp with Undalup Association cultural custodian and FAWNA carer Lorellyn Tomlinson about to release western ringtail possums which graduated from FAWNA's Possum Finishing School.

FAWNA president Suzi Strapp with Undalup Association cultural custodian and FAWNA carer Lorellyn Tomlinson about to release western ringtail possums which graduated from FAWNA's Possum Finishing School.

Busselton's FAWNA and Possum Rescue and Rehabilitation groups have been provided state government funding as a boost to keep their good work going.

Last week the government announced the recipients of the Wildlife Heroes Wildlife Rehabilitation and Emergency Response Grants 2020.

Margaret River's Society for the Preservation of Raptors group will also be one of the 38 licensed wildlife rehabilitators to have a share in the $214,000 worth of grants.

Recipients will be able to use funds for relevant items, such as to purchase specialist equipment, animal food, first aid supplies, veterinary support, reference materials and the development and implementation of training courses.

A total of $150,000 was initially available through the program, made up of $100,000 from State Government funds and $50,000 from the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife's Wildlife Heroes project.

The State Government increased the funds available to $214,000, funding all applicants who met the criteria for a grant.