Wildlife benefits from Halls Gap Cup fundraiser

Halls Gap Tourism has dispersed funds which were raised at its Halls Gap Cup race meeting earlier this year to local fire heroes. Picture: KERRI KINGSTON.

Halls Gap Tourism has dispersed funds which were raised at its Halls Gap Cup race meeting earlier this year to local fire heroes. Picture: KERRI KINGSTON.

HALLS GAP Tourism has dispersed funds which were raised at its Halls Gap Cup race meeting earlier this year to local fire heroes.

The tourism body donated $1,000 to the Pomonal Country Fire Authority and $1,000 to the Stawell State Emergency Service in appreciation for their efforts during last summer's Black Range and Grampians bushfires.

Halls Gap Tourism also donated $700 to the local Wildlife Disaster Response Team.

"At one of the bushfire community meetings, Halls Gap Tourism members were very moved by the work of the local wildlife rescue team," Chair Geoff Watts said.

"We thought it was important to support them in the great work they do for our precious native wildlife."

Wildlife Disaster Response Team Coordinator Trevor Alderson said the donation was 'a much appreciated surprise'.

Mr Alderson has visited the fire areas every day since January 21 looking for affected animals and thanked Halls Gap Tourism and local community for their support during the past five months.

"The wildlife rescue team attended to more than 700 animals during and after the fires," he said.

"We have just finished with our daily search and rescue efforts and at the moment there are about 10 animals being looked after in three wildlife shelters. Now we are preparing for the next fire season."

He said the group ran on donations and encouraged the public to contribute to collection tins situated at Brambuk - The National Park and Cultural Centre and the Halls Gap Visitor Information Centre.

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