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Helensburgh’s Symbio gets funding for ‘penguin experience’

Symbio Wildlife Park managing director, Matthew Radnidge, State MP for Heathcote Lee Evans, zoo keeper, Beth Beckwith and chief Marketing officer, Kevin Fallon at the Helensburgh zoo.

SYMBIO Wildlife Park has received a $150,000 grant to develop an eco-friendly ‘Little Penguin Experience’ at the Helensburgh zoo.

State MP for Heathcote, Lee Evans joined Symbio Wildlife Park managing director Matthew Radnidge to announce the successful grant under the NSW Government’s Tourism Product Development Fund.

Mr Evans said the new experience will allow visitors to feel completely immersed in the daily life of the Little Penguin family and will be a welcomed addition to the park.

“I’m excited to visit Symbio again once the ‘Penguin Shores’ project is completed,” he said.

Mr Radnidge said he was thrilled with the announcement.

“We will build a beautiful habitat for Penguin Shores that will inspire generations of people and help to conserve this unique Australian species,” Mr Radnidge said.

Mr Evans said the region’s visitor economy is bursting back to life and the funding will help local tourism operator Symbio Wildlife Park to deliver the best possible visitor experience.

The NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency Destination NSW is responsible for managing the Experience Development Fund. The program targets the development of world-class visitor experiences in NSW with grants of between $80,000 and $150,000.

Mr Evans said the NSW Government has outlined a clear goal through the Visitor Economy Strategy 2030 to make NSW the premier visitor economy of the Asia Pacific and this program will create opportunities for businesses in regional NSW to achieve this goal, by driving demand from new and returning visitors.


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A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick managed several community newspapers. He has been editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.

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