Federal Liberal Candidate for Paterson, Brooke Vitnell, has announced this week she will advocate for Port Stephens to receive its fair share of the government’s latest investment into the country’s koala population. 

Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley announced on Saturday, a $50 million package focused on improving health and habitat outcomes for koalas. 

The money brings the Morrison Government’s commitment to koala conservation to almost $75 million since 2019. 

A volunteer and member of Port Stephens Koalas herself, Ms Vitnell said funds directed to the Hunter region would be dedicated to community-led initiatives and large-scale activities.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to secure much-needed funds to support Port Stephens-based projects that help preserve our beautiful koalas.”

“We have terrific organisations in Port Stephens like the Port Stephens Koala Hospital that would certainly benefit from these funds.”

Ms Vitnell also noted impact of recent bushfires on koalas in the Hunter region, and said specialist bushfire trauma training for local vets could prove vital in increasing survival prospects for the animals.

“My view is that we can’t do enough to ensure the long-term recovery and health of our beloved koalas in Port Stephens, and I will certainly be advocating for Port Stephens and the Hunter to receive our share.”