Updated December 6, 2022
A contract has been awarded for construction of Stage 2 of the new Gunnedah Koala Sanctuary. The successful tenderer, David Payne Constructions, is expected to begin construction soon.
The sanctuary has just been awarded $5.624 million for Stage 2 through the NSW Government's Resources for Region Round 9. The funding is in addition to $6.48 million from the NSW Government's Regional Communities Fund.
The plans designed by Dunn & Hillam Architects for the staged project will include a wildlife centre and hospital building which will house the main entry, shop and café, an education auditorium and animal enclosures.
Future plans may include a petting zoo, nature playground, koala and other animal enclosures, a wildlife sanctuary walk, a caretaker’s residence, picnic areas, a cultural heritage display and demonstration area, caravan sites and safari tent accommodation.
The sanctuary will be built in a bushland setting with Oxley Highway frontage and entry through Hunts Road and thousands of trees have already been planted at two plantation sites to provide food for the park’s koalas.
- 10,000 trees are being planted to support the Gunnedah Koala Sanctuary
- Adult koalas eat between 200 and 500g of leaves a day
- The Koala Sanctuary hospital plans include: four small and two large intensive care units, up to 12 small animal enclosures, a large clinic, separate reception area, external rehabilitation enclosures and seven pre-release enclosures
- Oxley Highway frontage with entry on Hunts Road to minimise impact on traffic flow
- The animals will be protected with predator-proof external fencing
- The plans are green-friendly with extensive rainwater collection and solar systems.
The development application was approved by the NSW Government in late 2021.
Further updates to follow.