The Gunnedah Koala Sanctuary project has secured $6.48 million through the NSW Government’s Regional Social Benefit Infrastructure Fund.
The plans designed by Dunn & Hillam Architects for the staged project include a large wildlife centre and hospital building to house the main entry, shop and café, education auditorium, aviary/animal enclosure and the hospital. A viewing deck will allow views into the koala clinic and the two larger intensive care units.
Also in the plans are a petting zoo, a nature playground, koala and other animal enclosures, a wildlife sanctuary walk, a caretaker’s residence, picnic areas, a cultural heritage display and demonstration area, bush-themed mini-golf and zipline, caravan sites and safari tent accommodation.
Plans have been established in conjunction with the proposed operator, the CaPTA Group, who operate successful wildlife destinations in Far North Queensland.
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 for Gunnedah Koala Park koalas.
- 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
- Wildlife such as emus and kangaroos will roam freely in the pond and picnic zone
- The animals will be protected with predator-proof external fencing
- The volunteers’ accommodation will house up to 16 people
- The plans are green-friendly with extensive rainwater collection and solar systems.
Further updates to follow.