Terri Irwin.
Terri Irwin.

Award-winner Terri talks about zoo

SHE had a lemonade stand at the age of five and a bank account at the age of six.

A three-month summer school stint at the age of 12 taught her secretarial skills and financial management, and she was simultaneously running both the family construction business and a wildlife rehabilitation centre by the time she was 22.

We know her better as the Crocodile Hunter’s widow and, with such a history, is it any wonder Terri Irwin is one of the most successful businesswomen on the Sunshine Coast?

In a revealing interview with the Sunshine Coast Daily, the famous Australia Zoo director talks about winning the state Australian Institute of Management owner-manager of the year award and how she gets the most out of her 600-plus staff.

Describing the zoo as her “biggest business and career achievement to date”, she also opens up about the ambitious expansion plans for the open-range safari park at the Beerwah site, including a 300-room hotel, jobs generation to peak at a total of 2000 by 2016 and a $90 million annual return to the local economy.

Another Fremantle Media television deal has also been freshly inked, ensuring the younger Irwins, Robert and Bindi, will remain constants on our small screens.

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