The Andrews Labor Government has provided Victoria’s wildlife rehabilitators with a further $170,000 in funding to help them care for sick, injured and orphaned wildlife.

Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, today announced that 17 Northern Victoria shelter operators and foster carers are among 107 successful recipients across Victoria for the 2017/18 Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants, with each receiving up to $2,000.

The grants recognise the important work undertaken by rehabilitators and will help with the cost of with caring for Victoria’s diverse wildlife.

The program supports wildlife rehabilitators to buy equipment and infrastructure to assist with the operation of their facilities and to attend appropriate training.

“We’re making sure our local volunteers have the tools and the training to protect our native wildlife.” Ms Symes said.

“These grants are helping our rehabilitators respond to incidents like bushfires, floods and oil spills that can affect our wildlife.

“This is about supporting the volunteers who house, feed and care for our wildlife when they need it most.”

Grant recipients are:

Shelter Operator/ Foster Carer First Name Surname Suburb Funding
Shelter Operator Susan Hiatt Beechworth $1,840.00
Shelter Operator Sharon Miles Benalla $1,130.00
Shelter Operator Claire Crossman Cheshunt $1,113.00
Shelter Operator Bronwyn Kutz Clonbinane $500.00
Foster Carer Sharon Bonnici Cottles Bridge $2,000.00
Shelter Operator Sheila Butler Heathcote Junction $1,580.00
Shelter Operator Catherine Raeburn Jamieson $1,000.00
Shelter Operator Raewyn Jeganathan Launching Place $2,000.00
Shelter Operator Joy Godkin Longwood East $1,306.00
Shelter Operator Kathleen Silvestri Mount Beauty $1,423.00
Shelter Operator Mara Favoretto St Andrews $2,000.00
Shelter Operator Stella Reid St Andrews $1,300.00
Shelter Operator Andrea Schlifelner Taggerty $987.00
Shelter Operator Kylee Donkers Koonoomoo $2,000.00
Shelter Operator Erin Whitford Myrtleford $2,000.00
Shelter Operator Loretta Saunders Yarrawonga $2,000.00
Foster Carer Martyn Thompson Yarrawonga $2,000.00


Now in its 10th year, the Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants Program has provided more than $1.3 million since it began in 2008.

Applications for the 2018/19 round of the Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants Program will open on 1 July, 2018.  To apply for a grant, visit