Waterways Wildlife Park requests 12-month extension

Future to be decided.

Future to be decided.

Waterways Wildlife Park has requested a 12-month extension to rectify Department of Primary Industries (DPI) concerns at the facility.

The request was made in late March and formed part of a nine-point proposal which sought to keep the park operational. It included renovation of enclosures, recruitment of extra volunteer staff, regular direct debits from sponsors, improved and ongoing communication between the park and DPI, evidence of a daily routine and importantly, a reduction in species' numbers but not a reduction in species.

The proposal was facilitated through the wildlife park management committee which has met at least twice to find a workable solution.

Park owners Nancy and Col Small recently turned down assistance from Gunnedah council which offered to finance a 12-month stay for a Sydney wildlife park manager at Waterways.

According to council’s April business paper, DPI had earlier communicated they would not agree to the continued operation of the park while the Smalls were the holders of the licence and permit required.

DPI is expected to determine the future of the park at the end of April.