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4,500 hectares added to NSW national parks estate
Facing political pressure to downgrade protections of its national parks, the NSW Government has announced that it is to expaned the estate, adding over 4,500 hectares to the network.
Announcing the expansion, NSW Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton advised “more than seven million hectares in NSW is now managed and protected for conservation with our National Parks Estate (Reservations) Bill being passed in Parliament.”
The additions include important koala habitat, an upland swamp‑threatened ecological community in Upper Kangaroo Valley, significant areas of rainforest in the Upper Hunter and sites of significant cultural heritage.
The areas have been selected for their conservation and connectivity values and include five separate transfers:
• Part of Carrai State Forest (2,080 hectares) to Willi Willi National Park
• Yarrawa State Forest (120.6 hectares) to Budderoo National Park
• Part of Mernot State Forest (1,144 hectares) to Curracubundi State Conservation Area
• Yango State Forest (647.5 hectares) to a new Yango State Conservation Area
• Muldiva State Forest (513 hectares) to be vested in the Minister for the Environment for the purposes of Part 11 of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974.
These transfers are part of a NSW Government plan for an additional 43,000 hectares of conservation land to be added to the national park estate including:
• 24,000 hectares of new koala parks and reserves as part of the NSW Koala Strategy
• 5,400 hectares of new additions to the national park estate
• 14,200 hectares of state forest to be dedicated as flora reserves and transferred to the management of the National Parks and Wildlife Service.
Minister Upton added “the Government is proud of its commitment to biodiversity conservation: we do it smartly, we do it uniquely, and of course the benefits of these new parks and reserves do not stop with the native fauna and flora that reside within them.
"Our national parks are a boon to local economies, bringing in valuable tourist dollars and providing local employment opportunities.”
Image: Willi Willi National Park. Courtest of NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.
17th April 2018 - Bilbies return to NSW National Parks after near 100-year extinction
28th December 2017 - Another 1174 hectares added to South Australian national parks
20th November 2015 - NSW national parks close due to fire risk
8th October 2015 - More than 39 million visits to NSW National Parks and Reserves in 2014
2nd September 2015 - NSW National Parks now on Google Street View
26th June 2015 - NSW koala conservation area threatened with logging
25th February 2015 - 13 tourism projects get preliminary approval in Tasmania’s National Parks
5th May 2014 - $13.35 million to boost Victorian national parks assets
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