The Queensland Government today launched a $3.2m program to support research into disease and other preventable causes of death, injury and illness of Queensland koalas.
Environment Minister Andrew Powell said the research grants were the third instalment of the Newman Government’s $26.5 million investment the protection of koalas.
“Research has shown that koalas are most affected by habitat loss, disease and death or injury from cars and dogs,” Mr Powell said.
“Earlier this year we called for South East Queenslanders to offer land for koala habitat and we have had an overwhelming response. We’ve also made $800,000 available for rescue and rehabilitation, but we cannot look at these issues in isolation.
“The aim of our policy is to balance existing commitments with a further $3.2 million funding boost for research into preventable causes of koala disease and mortality.
“There are a number of dedicated scientists in Australia working in the field of koala conservation and populations, and these grants will support their work.”
Applications for the research grants open on 30 November 2012 and close on 28 February 2013.
For more information visit: <www.ehp.qld.gov.au> or phone 3330 6317.