Government commits $50 million to wildlife relief

Areas which have been hit especially hard by the bushfire disaster will benefit receive a share of a $50 million federal government wildlife and habitat recovery fund.

Hume MP Angus Taylor, Environment Minister Sussan Ley and Wollondilly MP Nathaniel Smith visited Thirlmere yesterday to make the announcement.

The politicians met with Sydney Metro Wildlife Service volunteers and chair Deborah Kerr to that them for their tireless work throughout the crisis, and the ongoing care they are providing to wildlife.

Mr Taylor said the $50 was an initial emergency response and would be directed to areas worst hit by the fires.

"This funding will priorities care and rehabilitation of injured wildlife, securing threatened species and control of feral predators and noxious weeds after the fires," he said.

"Sydney Wildlife are a great example of a volunteer-run organisation providing an extraordinary service, not just to the community, but also to the wildlife in the Wollondilly and Wingecarribee areas.

"We've been very seriously impacted across this region and injured wildlife is a really significant concern for all of us, so it's just brilliant to see volunteer groups working so hard and these initial funds will support the work they're doing."

Sydney Metro volunteers Jamie and Wendy Illistom said the support they'd received from the local community had been fantastic.

"The local vets have been helping treat animals," Mr Illistom said.

"Any time, day or night, they've let us bring in injured animals to have them checked out.

"Local produce stores have also set up accounts for people to go in and donate money, so that it can be used by our volunteers to purchase feed and supplies for the injured animals.

"They've given us some really good support."

South East Local Land Services will also receive $200,000 under the Wildlife and Recovery Package to carry out revegetation and natural resource management in the region.