Bushfire Crisis

A message from our CEO, Jonathan Fisher

We are deeply saddened to learn of the destruction of the current bushfires raging through the Gold Coast Hinterland and further west around Applethorpe and Stanthorpe. The thousands of hectares of bushland burnt out is displacing hundreds of animals from their natural habitat.

Our Hospital team of wonderful vets, vet nurses and wildlife carers are ready to assist in the treatment and rehabilitation of these animals as soon as it is safe to do so.

We are also saddened to learn of the destruction of one of the Gold Coast’s most iconic built heritage properties – Binna Burra Lodge in the Lamington National Park.

The National Trust of Australia (Queensland) has a long relationship with the heritage-listed Binna Burra Lodge. Our hearts go out to the board, members, staff and visitors impacted by this dreadful fire. The devastation has included many local residents who may have lost their homes. We are thinking of you all.

We thank the hardworking emergency services teams and volunteers who together have been defending the mountain communities. Please respect the official advice and stay off the mountain, and let these amazing people do their work unimpeded.

Jonathan Fisher
Chief Executive Officer
National Trust of Australia (Queensland)

How can you help our Wildlife?

With lots of our wildlife at risk due to these fires, we have had many people from the public message us asking how they can help. Thank you for your concern & support.

Here’s a list of do’s and dont’s for the public wishing to help:

  • Don’t enter fire affected areas to search for wildlife – please leave this to trained personnel
  • If you do find injured wildlife, wrap in a towel and place in a secure box, then call Wildcare on ‪5527 2444 or the RSPCA on ‪1300 264 625
  • Don’t attempt to handle dangerous animals such as koalas, adult kangaroos and wallabies, snakes or bats – always call for help
  • Consider donating old towels for wildlife rescuers to use – these can be dropped off to Currumbin Wildlife Hospital, 27 Millers Drive, Currumbin (‪8am to 5pm daily)
  • If you want to help at home – leave water bowls out for wildlife in your garden (please make sure animals are indoors)

Thank you all & thank you to the brave professionals involved in this crisis.

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