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Friends of the Koala's new Burribi education centre. Photo supplied
Friends of the Koala’s new Burribi Education cCentre. Photo supplied

A new koala education and administration centre was opened by Friends of the Koala in Lismore on Wednesday September 20 adjacent to their Koala Care and Research Centre in Rifle Range Road.

The completion of the Burribi Education and Administration Centre will enable the future conversion of the current Care Centre into a dedicated space for the triage and treatment of koalas taken into care. To enable this final stage of conversion the Friends of the Koala need to raise another $20,000 said president Ros Irwin.

This koala is being cared for by Friends of the Koala (FoK). Photo supplied.
This koala is being cared for by Friends of the Koala (FoK). Photo supplied.

‘This will provide much better outcomes for the koalas and an improved education facility which will enhance the community education experience for the many visitors and tourists that come to the Centre to learn about our iconic species’ said Ms Irwin.

Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan helped to officially open the Friends of the Koala’s new $170,000 Burribi Education and Administration Centre. The Friends of the Koalas provided $91,121 while the  federal government provided $78,028 to the project under its National Regions Stronger Fund.

‘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,’ said Hogan.

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

Care Coordinator Susannah Keogh said, ’It couldn’t have come at a better time, as last year we rescued 30 per cent more koalas than previous years and already it looks as though this year will be even busier.’

Ros Irwin highlighted that the partnership with the federal government, combined with some generous donations from private individuals, had resulted in a building that sits comfortably on Lismore Council land, surrounded by koala food trees that often have koalas in them.

‘This project demonstrates the value of what can be achieved through the combination of relatively small amounts of funding and the passionate dedication of volunteers,’ she concluded.

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  1. Friends with the bear essentials the Friends of the Koala in Lismore opened a new koala education and administration centre on Wednesday September 20, just a quick scamper across the road to their Koala Care and Research Centre in Rifle Range Road.


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