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  • Writer's pictureThe Hon. Paul Toole MP


A $1.3 million development at Lithgow’s Secret Creek Sanctuary is off and running.

A grant from the Bushfire Local Economic Recovery (BLER) Fund will enable two projects at the venue to be undertaken.

This includes the construction of a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation hospital and a community/visitor centre.

Member for Bathurst Paul Toole met with the Secret Creek’s Trevor Evans and staff members Lucie Novakova and Amber Webb to check on progress as work on site preparation got underway.

“The BLER funding will enable the community/visitor centre to be built. It will serve as an Aboriginal Cultural Centre for the Indigenous group One Mob,” he said.

“It will also act as a wildlife centre for environmental education, an events space for the local community and a visitor centre for the Secret Creek Sanctuary.”

Mr Toole said the wildlife rescue and rehabilitation hospital will also be located at the Sanctuary and will provide a venue for the rescue, rehabilitation and release of native animals, with the 1000-acre Newnes Plateau serving as a release site.”

“Funding for the projects at the Secret Creek Sanctuary are part of the recovery journey of the Lithgow region following the bushfires and helps us to continue repairing the social and economic fabric of our local community,” he said.

“People are rebuilding their lives and we are backing projects such as this that will bring communities together, support tourism and provide improved or new social amenityAll of these things play a part in recovery.”


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