Letter to the Editor - July 1: Help fund the koala park

BELLINGEN Environment Centre is proud to support the National Parks Association's crowd funding proposal for a Great Koala Park with a Wild Life Care Centre to be located at the end of Mailmans Track. The Great Koala Park had its beginnings from the centre and was the inspiration of BEC chairperson and regional co-ordinator of NPA, Ashley Love.

BEC continue to work with other conservation groups on the North Coast and the NPA d with the aim of conserving our precious metapopulation of koalas, which runs between Red Rock and Nambucca Heads.

Ecologists agree the nursery for the colony is at Bongil Bongil National Park.

Kevin Evans National CEO of the National Parks Association is alarmed the NSW and Federal Government Koala Recovery Plans have expired and warns, "Koalas have declined by 30% in the past 30 years."

Drawings for the Wildlife Centre have been completed by Bellingen Architect Steve Gorrell.

Clearly with a $21m loss attributed to Forestry Corporation in 2014 and suffered by us the tax payers, the Great Koala Park will preserve our rich biodiversity and bring prosperity to our area through job creation within National Parks and Wildlife, (NPWS) and North Coast Tourism.

Please donate generously and Coffs Harbour and Bellingen communities will continue to work towards the ongoing development of the Great Koala Park as a focal point to an International Eco Tourist destination.

Caroline Joseph



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