Care centre one option for Fraser Island dingoes

MALCOLM Kilpatrick would love nothing more than to see a wildlife care centre built on Fraser Island.

But the Save the Fraser Island Dingoes campaigner knows it could be a long way off as the Queensland Government continues to explore different options.

The idea has the backing of the State Government, with Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection Andrew Powell endorsing it.

"The independent peer review of the Fraser Island Dingo Management strategy outlined a number of options to ensure dingo welfare on Fraser Island, including the establishment of a wildlife sanctuary. I am very keen to investigate all of these options," Mr Powell said.

"I appreciate the work Save the Fraser Island Dingoes group are doing."

Mr Kilpatrick said animals often needed care and assistance on the island.

Vehicle strikes were common for dingoes and tourists had also been known to drive into flocks of birds, causing deaths and injuries, he said.

The Wildlife Care Centre would aim to nurse animals back to health before returning them to the wild.

Mr Kilpatrick said several vets had put their hands up to volunteer on the island if the centre was built and the group had already received material donations.

He was confident that if the centre got the go-ahead and plans were under way, the public would continue to get behind the project.



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