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Animal rescue group receives Greater boost

Illawarra environmental and animal rescue organisations have benefited from almost $50,000 of support from Greater Bank, with Australian Seabird and Turtle Rescue (ASTR) named the latest winner of the #GreaterIllawarra Community Funding Program.

Launched on the South Coast in 2005, ASTR rescues and rehabilitates seabirds, shorebirds, sea turtles and sea snakes, operating along the coastline south of Sydney taking in Wollongong, Nowra, Batemans Bay, Bega, and Eden.

In the past 12 months ASTR’s South Coast Branch has rescued close to 500 animals.

ASTR South Coast member Lauren Manning-Darby said that the funds would assist with veterinary costs associated with rehabilitating sick and injured animals.

“Whether it’s through day-to-day needs or complex medical treatments, the costs can add up very quickly for animals undergoing rehabilitation,” Lauren said. 

“From entanglements in fishing line to contaminated waterways and plastic pollution, our marine wildlife face so many hazards and we want to continue to be able to provide the best possible treatment for them.”

“We’re thankful for the support we receive and this boost from Greater Bank will be put to very good use.”

Greater Bank Illawarra Regional Sales Manager Greg Creagan said that ASTR was doing important work to support the coastal ecosystem.

“Everything has its place in the ecosystem, but with threats to ocean and shore life these animals are finding it harder to survive,” Greg said.

“So many of these species are thriving thanks to the work of Australian Seabird and Turtle Rescue, so we’re thrilled at Greater Bank to support their efforts."

“We know they will continue to do amazing work into the future!”

The #GreaterIllawarra Community Funding Program awards $3000 each month to local not-for-profits through a public vote, with one winner and two runners-up named. So far $237,000 has been donated to the Illawarra region through the program.

To cast your vote in the next round or nominate your not-for-profit, visit

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