Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Boost for East Lismore koala centre

Media Release

FN157/2017

20 September 2017

Joint release with:

Kevin Hogan

Federal Member for Page

  • New Burribi Education and Administration Centre officially opened today
  • The upgrade helps the centre care for more rescued koalas
  • New facilities include a new building, office, kitchenette and bitumen sealing

More cute and cuddly Northern Rivers koalas will be rescued and looked after following the official opening of the new Burribi Education and Administration Centre today.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said koala numbers were declining in the Northern Rivers region and the upgraded centre

“The centre's current building will be turned into a dedicated koala hospital to help koalas which need long-term care,” Minister Nash said.

“This dedicated centre will allow future research to help protect and preserve koala populations and cater for thousands of visitors who attend educational tours at the centre each year.

“I aim to build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren want to either stay in or come back to, and the conservation and job opportunities provided by this project do just that.”

Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan, who attended today's opening, said the upgrade has provided the centre with separate administrative and care buildings, expanding the existing koala care centre.

“This is a terrific project that will increase the number of tourists visiting Lismore and allow the Friends of the Koala to deliver more educational information about koalas to more groups,” he said.

“It will also extend the range of skills Friends of the Koala currently offers to Centrelink clients and potential volunteers.”

“The project included construction of a colorbond building with a garage, disabled toilet and shower, office and kitchenette and bitumen sealing adjacent to Rifle Range Road.”

The Federal Coalition Government provided $78,028 to the project under its National Regions Stronger Fund and Friends of the Koalas provided $91,121.