Cooberrie Park wildlife keeper Kieron Smedley has a look around the park that was demolished in Cyclone Marcia. Photo Lisa Benoit / The Morning Bulletin
Cooberrie Park wildlife keeper Kieron Smedley has a look around the park that was demolished in Cyclone Marcia. Photo Lisa Benoit / The Morning Bulletin Lisa Benoit

Cooberrie Wildlife park north of Yeppoon a complete mess

COOBERRIE Park is more of a bomb site than a wildlife sanctuary now.

Destroyed.

More than seven days ago the animals went about their day-to-day activities as they normally would.

Little were they aware (like their caretakers) a monster, with enough force to rip up their livelihood, was charging at them from the eastern horizon.

When Cyclone Marcia arrived at Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary, that's exactly what she did.

As the koalas clung tightly to their eucalyptus trees, kangaroos huddled, muscle to muscle and a bask of stagnant crocs took shelter in their ponds, Marcia uprooted, tossed and trashed their homes.

Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

They (the animals and wildlife at Cooberrie Park) survived Cyclone Marcia, but the sanctuary is in an unrecognisable state.

Trees have fallen on the crocodile cages, the birds have flown free after their cage was demolished and the resident emu is out walking among the debris.

Wildlife keeper Kieron Smedley was prepared for damage, but he never imagined the park would be destroyed.

"We have enclosures that were smashed and don't exist anymore," Kieron said.

The animals were all given three-day's worth of food in their enclosures in case the keepers couldn't reach them after the disaster.

"Our water supply is a bore, but we can't access it with the power being off," Kieron said.

"We have an emergency water tank, but it was smashed."

Staff have months of cleaning and construction work ahead and are calling for help from volunteers.

"Before the cyclone hit, the park had never looked better," he said.

"Tourist numbers were up."

If anyone wants to volunteer, call 49397590.


‘FUTURE-PROOF’: $300K project boosts region’s water security

Premium Content ‘FUTURE-PROOF’: $300K project boosts region’s water security

Dalveen residents to benefit from new 150kL reservoir, pipeline network, and more.

Warwick woman scores life-changing Gold Lotto win

Premium Content Warwick woman scores life-changing Gold Lotto win

The woman said she was stunned to learn the ticket she bought in Killarney was a...

‘Targeted attack’: Shots fired at five homes overnight

Premium Content ‘Targeted attack’: Shots fired at five homes overnight

Police have established crimes scenes at five homes after a series of drive-by...