Borobi is the face of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games but he’s also set to become a mascot for koala conservation with the announcement of an exciting new partnership with one of Queensland’s leading wildlife hospitals.
Environment Minister Dr Steven Miles today announced proceeds from the sale of selected Borobi merchandise will be donated to the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation as part of a new agreement to support koala rescue and conservation.
Dr Miles said the popular koala mascot would help raise awareness of the species, and provide important education on its conservation and protection.
“The strategic partnership with Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation (CWHF) and the important funding contribution will ensure the koala preservation is given a boost to ensure longevity and importantly conservation of the species,” Dr Miles said.
Commonwealth Games Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said Borobi was an energetic supporter of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and it was fitting the mascot would help raise funds for koalas.
“Borobi’s profile will help shine a spotlight on koala conservation and ensure Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation can continue to deliver valuable treatment and rehabilitation services,” Mr Hinchliffe said.
“This announcement will ensure Borobi can support his friends in the wild and help Currumbin continue to provide care for sick, injured and orphaned koalas.”
Borobi merchandise will be unveiled later this year for the public to purchase in the lead up to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
CWHF Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Fisher said the National Trust who supported the Hospital Foundation, were delighted with the opportunity to highlight the work the Queensland Government and the Foundation were undertaking to protect koalas.
“This funding is extremely timely with the CWHF taking in an average of 300 koalas from regions as far south as Port Macquarie and north to Brisbane,” Mr Fisher said.
“But the opportunity represents much more than that with the species in the spotlight through Borobi also providing a platform for education in habitat conservation and protection right across the national koala corridors.
“The CWHF programs include research into prevention of koala diseases and artificial insemination to manage genetic diversity of captive and wild koalas. It also manages the planting of many hectares and tens of thousands of gum trees for koala feed.”
Dr Miles said treatment facilities at the Currumbin Wildlife Hospital Foundation, which was rescuing an increasing number of koalas annually, had also been improved thanks to about $150,000 in Queensland Government funding.
The grants enabled the hospital to construct a rehabilitation facility, establish and maintain a 15,000 tree koala fodder plantation on a 16 acre site at Hinze Dam, construct an air-conditioned fodder storage shed and develop a gravel access road at the plantation.