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Gunnedah’s best known and cutest residents are one step closer to having their own park.

The local council has lodged a development application with the New South Wales Government for the Gunnedah Koala Sanctuary.

If approved, a 50-acre sanctuary will be created alongside a koala hospital, petting zoo, wildlife centre and accommodation.

Gunnedah Shire Council will partner with tourism operator CAPTA to maintain the facility.

“We’re really keen to get on and start building this koala park that has been in design for a considerable amount of time.”

The State Government has so far invested $6.5-million in the project.

It’s hoped shovels will hit the ground by July.


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Isobella Evans

Isobella Evans is a journalist with NBN News in Newcastle. After discovering a love for writing in primary school, Bella went on to complete a Bachelor of Communication at the University of Newcastle in 2018. She enjoyed a series of internships, including a gig at the Royal Easter Show, before receiving a full-time position at NBN's Tamworth bureau, where she worked for almost three years before moving to the company's Newcastle office in 2021.

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