Labor Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, today congratulated 23 local wildlife rehabilitators in country Victoria who have received grants totalling $32,542 to support their valuable work.

As part of the Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants Program, a total of $181,000 has been awarded to 130 carers and operators across Victoria, including 94 shelter operators and 36 foster carers.

“I congratulate Northern Victoria’s wildlife rehabilitators who have been awarded these grants for the invaluable work they do in our communities,” Ms Symes said.

“These grants support country Victoria’s accredited wildlife carers who put in their own time and money to rescue and rehabilitate sick or injured wildlife and release them back into the wild.

“We rely on volunteers to look after injured wildlife and release them back into the wild – these grants help to cover the costs of this important work.”

The grants are part of the Victorian Government’s $241,000 Wildlife Rehabilitator Grants Program supporting authorised shelter operators and foster carers who volunteer their time to rehabilitate thousands of sick, injured and orphaned animals for release.

The grants are used to cover the cost of purchasing protective clothing and equipment to assist with wildlife rescue after bushfires, as well as training and education.

The grants can also be used for maintaining or upgrading facilities such as cages.

Please find over the page, the successful recipients:


Shelter / Foster Firstname Surname Town / Suburb Recommended Grant Funding
Shelter Operator Glenda Elliott Yackandandah $1,594
Shelter Operator Joanne Mitlehner Staghorn Flat $1,100
Shelter Operator Catherine Raeburn Jamieson $2,000
Shelter Operator Jenny Eason Healesville $1,931
Shelter Operator Robert Mitchell Merton $1,980
Shelter Operator Leigh Stafford Buxton $2,000
Shelter Operator Tania Theuma Don Valley $900
Shelter Operator Andrea Schlifelner Taggerty $1,040
Shelter Operator Stella Reid St Andrews $500
Shelter Operator Bronwyn Kutz Clonbinane $2,000
Shelter Operator Joy Godkin Longwood East $1,500
Shelter Operator Sharon Miles Benalla $1,177
Shelter Operator Shirley Steegstra Benalla $580
Shelter Operator Erin Whitford Myrtleford $2,000
Shelter Operator Claire Crossman Cheshunt $1,269
Shelter Operator Kylee Donkers Koonoomoo $1,455
Foster Carer Adele Leathem Yarrawonga $1,500
Foster Carer Martyn Thompson Yarrawonga $1,500
Shelter Operator Loretta Saunders Yarrawonga $1,500
Foster Carer James Leonard Koonoomoo $1,500
Shelter Operator Samantha Williams Wangaratta $516
Shelter Operator Deb Fowler Kotupna $1,999
Shelter Operator Louise Grant Ulupna $1,001