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.