By July 2020, staff there and at Eumundi had treated 26,823 injured koalas, possums, birds, snakes and other native wildlife in the past 12 months.
RSPCA Queensland workload in the past financial year
Almost 27,000 animals treated at wildlife hospitals in Wacol and Eumundi
29,845 calls by eight animal ambulances
31,000 animal care phone calls
82 new animals a day at Wacol during the worst of the bushfires
Mr Maier met with representatives of the government and the opposition on Wednesday to push for a new wildlife hospital in south-east Queensland as part of the RSPCA’s new wildlife strategy.
The RSPCA has previously met with Brisbane City Council to find a site.
“We definitely need a bigger facility,” Mr Maier said.
“What we would like to do is find a wildlife haven or sanctuary which has a much bigger hospital on it.
"We would like to partner with UQ and put their veterinary sciences students through it.
“We have already had some conversations with UQ and they are very happy to be part of that.”
The RSPCA is a registered charity and needs more than $49 million annually to support animal centres, programs and services.
According to its website, it receives less than 4 per cent of its funding from the government, relying on donations, bequests and sponsorships.
Labor councillor Steve Griffiths, who learned of the situation through his links with the Toohey Forest Wildlife group, said the council and the state government should jointly finance a new wildlife hospital.
“My understanding is that they badly need a site for an animal centre in Brisbane or south-east Queensland,” Cr Griffiths said.
“And I really think Brisbane City Council should be stepping up in terms of providing a site."
The shadow chair of Brisbane's environment, parks and sustainability committee believes the project should be an election-year priority for the government, which recently amended the state's koala conservation plan.
“Really, the opportunity is here to bring the RSPCA in with what they are doing with rehabilitation, to bring the universities on board with their research into what the state government is doing with their koala plan.”
Toohey Forest Wildlife carer Brad Lambert agreed a new wildlife hospital was needed.
“I think a joint funding agreement is a fantastic idea,” he said.
"But, sadly, if we are having to spend amounts of money on animal hospitals, it means we are not solving the problem, we are just mitigating the current problem."
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