Hospital funding paves the way for cockatoo conservation

Aerial view June 2013
Aerial shot of the hospital site
March 14, 2012

When it opens its doors in 2014, the new Fiona Stanley Hospital will be focused on providing the very best patient care to people across Western Australia. However, it is not only humans in WA that are set to benefit from the State’s newest tertiary hospital - the endangered Carnaby’s Black Cockatoos have already received support from the major project.

As part of the $2.3 million provided by the Fiona Stanley Hospital project to off-site conservation in 2008, the Department of Environment and Conservation’s (DEC) communitybased conservation programs were given $75,000 to provide rehabilitation and care facilities for Carnaby’s Black Cockatoos.

With $37,500 donated to both the Native Animal Rescue group in Malaga and the Black Cockatoo Preservation Society (Kaarakin) in Martin, the groups were able to establish major facilities, such as aviaries and shelters, and equipment for the rehabilitation of Carnaby’s Black Cockatoos.

The groups’ success enabled them to apply for further funding from Lotterywest – which has totalled $781,000 and enabled the development of captive breeding plans, expansion of resources and the construction of a purpose-built, state-of-the art cockatoo rehabilitation facility.

Executive Director of Fiona Stanley Hospital, Brad Sebbes, said that sustainability and environmental conservation have always been a major focus of the hospital development.

“It is great to see that our initial contribution to DEC prior to construction has continued to enhance the conservation of Carnaby’s Black Cockatoos,” Mr Sebbes said.

“We are really pleased that these two groups have been able to continue work to sustain such an important local fauna species.”

Hugh Maclean, Community Involvement Coordinator at DEC said they are delighted to be able to lend their support to both the Native Animal Rescue group and the Black Cockatoo Preservation Society.

“These groups provide specialist facilities and services supporting threatened species. Through their volunteers and staff, they are major contributors in supporting sick, injured or orphaned native wildlife,” Mr MacLean said.

Other off-site conservation programs supported by the Fiona Stanley Hospital project include the rehabilitation of Beeliar Regional Park, the purchase and protection of native bushland and investment into environmental community grants.

On the Murdoch site, the Fiona Stanley Hospital project has initiated and maintained fauna relocation, flora and seed collection, top soil removal and reuse, and preservation of natural bushland.