“While adding my personal tribute to firefighters and the communities rallying to protect homes and livestock I would also acknowledge the work of wildlife hospitals, veterinarians and volunteers caring for native wildlife,” she said.
The Department of Environment and Energy is also in talks with Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, which is currently treating dozens of badly burnt and dehydrated koalas.
The hospital’s search and rescue volunteer teams have shared heart-wrenching posts on social media showing the brutal toll the bushfires have had on koalas, and have raised more than $830,000 from online fundraising.
Koalas are listed as vulnerable in Queensland, NSW and the ACT, largely a result of habitat clearing.
Thousands of hectares of koala habitat across northern NSW and southeast Queensland have been destroyed in the recent bushfires.
Weather conditions aided firefighting efforts across NSW on Wednesday but authorities say hot winds will blow in from South Australia in the coming days.
Three more homes have been destroyed in southeast Queensland, as fire crews brace for hot and windy weather.
More than 570 homes have been destroyed in NSW this bushfire season, while 37 homes have been razed in Queensland since the start of September.