Sanctuary chief signals new era

CURRUMBIN Wildlife Sanctuary's new chief executive officer Michelle Monsour will outline major rejuvenation plans for the sanctuary to a public meeting on Wednesday.

Ms Monsour, who arrived in her new job in January, will tell the Friends of Currumbin meeting at the sanctuary in Tomewin Street at 7.15pm of the plans.

Ms Monsour has told the Friends that the sanctuary had to move from being a 'stamp-book' collection of animals to becoming an education and conservation role model for the community.

Friends president Wilf Ardill said Ms Monsour had advised the group that the rejuvenation plans had been structured to be "progressive with the culture and philosophy of a business" but also balanced against the 'bottom line'.

"This rejuvenation plan marks a new era at the sanctuary," Mr Ardill said.

"With competition for the tourist dollar becoming increasingly competitive, how the sanctuary addresses change will see it either survive or fail.

"For years the Currumbin community has signalled very strongly that the sanctuary is a public asset managed on behalf of all by the National Trust.

"The community has also stressed that where it considers the National Trust has taken a wrong managerial turn, they are prepared to stand up for the long-term vision created by founder Alex Griffiths.

Ms Monsour, he said, advised the Friends that this "history" had formed the basis for the rejuvenation plans.

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