The Newman government has reinforced its commitment to koala protection, launching a new grants program for groups involved in koala conservation services. The Koala Rescue and Rehabilitation Grants will be available to eligible front-line organisations that provide an invaluable service to the community through their work with sick, injured and orphaned koalas in Queensland. By providing this funding for koala rescue and rehabilitation the Newman government is taking action to address other issues that affect koala numbers such as attacks from domestic animals and vehicle strike. The grants program is aimed at building the capacity of koala conservation groups to enhance their ability to effectively deliver rescue and rehabilitation services now and into the future. I am pleased to report we have allocated $800,000 over the next four years to support the important work of koala rescue and rehabilitation services. Applications for the rescue and rehabilitation grants opened on 12 October and will close on 7 December 2012. For more information visit: www.ehp.qld.gov.au or phone 3330 6317.