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Boral gives timber back to Kangaroo Island

Following the devastating bushfires which burnt across more than one third of Kangaroo Island, Boral Timber has donated materials to help build a new wildlife hospital dedicated to conservation. Source: Timberbiz

A team of volunteers, including hosts and former contestants from Channel Nine’s The Block, built the new wildlife hospital on the bushfire-ravaged island. With the expertise of The Block’s Keith Schleiger, Spence Thomson, Kerrie Charter, Lysandra Fraser and Matt and El’ise Bothe, the finished building was unveiled live on The Today Show.

The hospital will help Sam and Dana Mitchell from the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park to be better equipped in their animal conservation efforts.

Since the fires, the couple has rescued almost 600 koalas.

The hospital is being used as a treatment and recovery facility for wounded wildlife.

This is part of Boral Timber’s ongoing commitment to help conserve and protect Australia’s koala population, in addition to the provision of koala fodder plantations.

The donated Spotted Gum timber features as the external cladding of the building as well as the decking. All Boral Timber products are Responsible Wood Chain of Custody certified which guarantees the timber is sourced from sustainably managed and legal forestry.

“As a proud Australian business, Boral is committed to supporting its neighbours and the broader community,” general manager of sales and distribution at Boral Timber Leon Travis said.

“We were glad to donate decking and cladding for the new wildlife hospital, which will help to save hundreds of native animals.”