Queenslanders are being encouraged to visit the state’s zoos, wildlife parks and aquariums as the Palaszczuk Government continues to roll out the COVID-vaccine plan to unite families.
Speaking at Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast, Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said animal exhibitors played an important part in wildlife education and conservation in Queensland.
“As we approach the summer school holidays, we want to see more visitors to locations like Australia Zoo as well as the countless wildlife parks and aquariums across the state,” he said.
“That’s why Queensland’s COVID-vaccine plan is so important- the more Queenslanders are vaccinated, the safer we’ll all be.
“The plan includes greater freedoms for people who are fully vaccinated and that means more visitors to wildlife parks, zoos and aquariums in Queensland.”
Minister Furner said the Palaszczuk Government has been a strong supporter of Queensland’s animal exhibitors since the COVID-19 global pandemic.
“The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries oversees the licensing of exhibited animals from zoos to aquariums and even mobile exhibits and circuses,” he said.
“Half a million dollars was made available to help operators care for their animals as part of our Unite and Recover plan last year
“Thirty-four businesses were able to use their one-off grants to help with the continued care and management of their businesses.
“I encourage all Queenslanders to think about heading to their nearest zoo, wildlife park or aquarium as we approach the summer holidays.
“Last year we assisted industry – now it’s time for Queenslanders to step up, get the jab, and get visiting.”
“It’s a great way to support the local exhibited animal industry while learning about our unique wildlife.”