Wirrimbirra Sanctuary up for lease | Photos

If you are dedicated to preserving bushland and have a passion for educating the next generation of conservationists then you might want to consider a career change.

Wirrimbirra Sanctuary in Bargo needs a new manager and the owner of the land, National Trust of Australia, is calling for expressions of interest.

The David G Stead Memorial Wild Life Research Foundation of Australia and the Australian Native Dog Conservation Society lease the site.

National Trust executive officer Debbie Mills said Wirrimbirra had operated as a flora and fauna conservation sanctuary on 43 hectares of land for more than 50 years.

“It has also been as a research and education facility,” she said.

“The future manager or occupant needs to be a person or organisation who is true to the purpose of the property and cherishes its features.

“We recognise the great environmental and cultural significance of the property and that a sense of connection to this place is a very emotional matter for the local community.

“Our aim in commencing this process is to ensure the best possible long term outcome for this special place in the spirit of the vision of its initiator Dr Thistle Stead (nee Harris) and the intent of the gift of the property to the National Trust.

“We are also encouraging the current tenants to submit an expression of interest.”

Ms Mills said she wanted applicants to provide details on their vision for the management of the site.

“We are seeking someone who has a long-term commitment to the site,” she said.”

The successful applicant would oversee the running of the site on a day-to-day basis, will ensure the site’s vegetation was well maintained and would run educational programs.

“Educational programs with schools and other events are held at the site,” Ms Mills said.

She said National Trust was not selling the site because it believed the sanctuary was too important.

Locals can go for a bushwalk around the site to see native wildlife and flora including kangaroos, wombats, wallabies, emus, native birds, White Waratah, eucalyptus trees and many more.

The natural areas of the property contain more than 200 different native plant species, including at least two of the seven rare or threatened plant species in the Bargo area.

The gardens of the property include about 1800 species of native plants which are used for research purposes.

There is also accommodation for hire on the site. Volunteers maintain the site. The sanctuary is closed during the week but is operational on the weekends.

Bargo Dingo Sanctuary president Luci Ellem said she would submit an expression of interest application.

"We have been operating for 47 years caring for a colony of dingoes and I have no intention of stopping," she said.

The sanctuary has been at the Wirrimbirra site for about 10 years.

Ms Ellem said the dingo sanctuary was always busy and she conducted many tours.

The dingo conservationist said she would like to see the nature sanctuary better utilised and was excited know what applicants planned to do with the site.

The expression of interest process for the management of the property will commence later in August.

Details: National Trust website, Wirrimbirra Sanctuary website and Bargo Dingo Sanctuary website.

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