A Carriage for the Palace

Serge says, “Welcome aboard!”

Potoroo Palace Native Animal Sanctuary can finally tick getting a bus off their wish list. It is a milestone in the sanctuary’s twelve years of operation and is significant for not only Potoroo Palace but for the region’s tourism also.

Serge Nachtergaele, one of the sanctuary’s five directors, explained what a difference this will now make. “Having the bus means we can finally provide a transport service for cruise ship passengers, as well as motel guests and other visitors to the area who will find it much more convenient to jump on our bus to come and visit.”

Over the years, cruise ship passengers have often contacted the sanctuary seeking advice on transport options that depart directly from Eden’s Port, struggling to find ways to visit when there is limited or non-existent public transport available. “We are really excited to finally provide tourists to our region with this service and to make visiting the Sapphire Coast’s special attractions just that little bit easier” said Serge.

The bus was designed in collaboration with the sanctuary’s directors and local supportive Bega business, Design Post with the end results suitably impressing everyone. Images on the bus’s exterior feature just a few of the sanctuary’s most well-loved residents, and anyone familiar with visiting the sanctuary will see some familiar faces.

Bus passengers can also expect a bonus running commentary of sights to be seen en route to and from the sanctuary, as well as an introduction to its origins and its history. People in the area may have already noticed the very colourful, eye catching new bus out and about, and are likely to see it quite a bit more.

 

Staff Goodbyes

It was an historical moment for Potoroo Palace when staff finally waved farewell to long term employee Alan Morgan at the close of 2018. Alan, who has been with the sanctuary since its very birth in 2006 has played an integral role in the management of its finances.

He originally joined the sanctuary family as a volunteer when he was enticed with the opportunity to be close to the kangaroos.  Luckily or unluckily, Alan was soon discovered to have other much needed skills for the successful running of a wildlife sanctuary, café and gift shop . The sanctuary’s focus is upon education, conservation and community and has become a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. Alan certainly had his work cut out for him. He became renowned for and adept at, negotiating deals and doing some hard bargaining, proving to be invaluable in getting this small not-for-profit business off the ground.

Alan presents his worthy successor, Serge Nachtergaele.  

“Alan was like a part of the furniture here and kept on threatening us with his imminent departure for years” laughed Lea Pinker, Director and one of several staff who shared office space with him. “Now he has actually done it, but not before he sourced and trained an ideal replacement.”

Local businessman Serge Nachtergaele has stepped comfortably into Alan’s former shoes and has already proved himself to be an invaluable member of the sanctuary family. His list of accomplishments since joining the sanctuary is outstanding and he is also a valued part of the directorate team too. So, although the goodbyes are sad, the sanctuary is also looking forward to an exciting future.