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Future uncertain for sanctuary operators

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The operators of Wirrimbirra Sanctuary at Bargo have been issued with an eviction notice by the National Trust of NSW and will have to start moving out in October.

An expression of interest process started back in July and the trust says it's committed to ensuring the animals receive the necessary expert care to ensure their future wellbeing.

The David G. Stead Memorial Wild Life Research Foundation of Australia, is expected to fight the eviction.

We're being told the Bargo Dingo Santuary won't be affected.

2st has asked the National Trust why expressions of interest were called in the first place and a spokesperson issued the following statement.

' The change at this property is about planning for the future of the place - in keeping with the vision and spirit of the original gift to the National Trust (NSW).

The current tenants (on held over leases) were invited to submit applications as part of the Expression of Interest process.

All applicants were assessed based on the selection criteria and a preferred candidate emerged as a result.'

IMAGE CREDIT: National Trust NSW