SANC­TU­ARY SEARCHES FOR NEW HOME

JIRRAHLINGA RE­LO­CAT­ING

Geelong Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - TESSA HAY­WARD

THE search is on for a new home for all the an­i­mals of Jirrahlinga Koala and Wildlife Sanc­tu­ary.

The land on which the sanc­tu­ary is lo­cated, at 170-200 Taits Rd, Bar­won Heads, is for sale and the busi­ness is on the look­out for an­other site that is more ac­ces­si­ble.

Founder Tehree Gor­don said this had been in the works for five years as the res­i­den­tial town­ship of Bar­won Heads con­tin­ued to grow.

“We started in 1975 and in those days there were no houses be­tween Bar­won Heads Rd and Jirrahlinga — now there’s lots,” Ms Gor­don said.

It has be­come in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult for peo­ple to ac­cess the Bar­won Heads site, es­pe­cially buses of visi­tors, and in or­der to have a fu­ture the sanc­tu­ary will be re­lo­cated to a more ac­ces­si­ble site.

“We also want to re­spect our new neigh­bours,” she said.

Ms Gor­don said mov­ing some­thing like Jirrahlinga was a huge job and some­thing they had been deal­ing with in con­sul­ta­tion with all the rel­e­vant bod­ies.

She said a re­lo­ca­tion would al­low the sanc­tu­ary to up­grade all its fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing train­ing ed­u­ca­tional fa­cil­i­ties for its many in­ter­na­tional visi­tors.

Af­ter more than 40 years they are now look­ing for a new site to call home and cre­ate a new haven for in­jured wildlife.

Ms Gor­don said she had been look­ing at three sites that were in good tourist ar­eas.

Her per­sonal as­sis­tant, Kel­lie Grant, said they were hop­ing to stay coastal and be in a busy area with more tourists around.

“All the an­i­mals are com­ing with us and they are go­ing to get an up­grade,” Ms Grant said.

Ms Gor­don said she wants to re­as­sure the pub­lic that it is busi­ness as usual at Jirrahlinga un­til the land sells.

“We started in 1975 and in those days there were no houses be­tween Bar­won Heads Rd and Jirrahlinga — now there’s lots.” JIRRAHLINGA FOUNDER TEHREE GOR­DON

Pic­ture: PETER RISTEVSKI

Jirrahlinga founder Tehree Gor­don says the wildlife sanc­tu­ary is look­ing for a new, more ac­ces­si­ble site.

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