Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

NSW Government doubles goal for expansion of national parks estate

NSW Government doubles goal for expansion of national parks estate
November 1, 2020

The NSW Government has announced that it has added more than 270,000 hectares to its national park estate, meeting its goals to increase the footprint a year early.

Gazetting 202,669 hectares of additional national park land on Friday, including 153,682 hectares for the new Narriearra Caryapundy Swamp national park in the state’s far north-west, NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean said the new additions were the largest increase to national parks in a single day since 2005.

He advised “permanently reserving national parks is the cornerstone of biodiversity conservation in NSW.

“I made a commitment last year to expand the parks estate by 200,000 hectares and I am pleased to see that we have achieved that and more in just over a year.

“That’s why we are taking it up a notch and doubling our initial target, with a revised goal to have added 400,000 hectares in total to our national park footprint by the end of 2022.”

The acquisition of the land for the new Narriearra Caryapundy Swamp national park in June was the largest single purchase of private land for conservation in the state’s history and was praised as a significant step for threatened species and habitat.

Other additions, formally reserved on Friday, include:

• Narriearra Caryapundy Swamp National Park – 153,682 hectares
• Capertee National Park addition – 1,057 hectares
• Maria National Park addition – 66 hectares
• Mungo National Park addition (TSR) – 7,074 hectares
• Sturt National Park addition (TSR) – 17,479 hectares

The additions to Capertee National Park near Lithgow will increase protection for the Great Eastern Ranges wildlife corridor and a globally significant bird breeding area, including habitat for the critically endangered regent honeyeater. While the additions to Maria National Park will protect critical koala habitat on the NSW mid-north coast.

Also included in the additions are reclaimed Travelling Stock Reserves (TSR) in the State’s far-north west that are already managed by the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Minister Kean’s announcement comes at a time when the NSW Government has been under pressure over its environmental policies, after the koala state environmental planning policy (Sepp) nearly split the Coalition.

The turmoil has resulted in proposed changes to laws that legal experts and conservationists have said would weaken environmental protections.

NSW Government policies have also led to increases in land-clearing and allowed for continued logging of habitat after the state’s bushfire disaster.

Images: Capertee National Park (top and below, credit K. Eardley) and the Narriearra Caryapundy Swamp National Park (middle).

Related Articles

15th October 2020 - Lonely Planet ranks Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park high on their list of places to visit

12th October 2020 - Wellington National Park receives $3.35 million for facility upgrades

13th October 2020 - Nature Valley and Landcare Australia partner to rejuvenate bushfire affected walking trails

4th October 2020 - Leading environmental groups welcome Queensland Government’s strategy to protect national parks

24th September 2020 - Bilbies returned to Sturt National Park after 100 year absence

22nd September 2020 - Falls Creek Resort and Alpine National Park reopen to visitors from regional Victoria

15th September 2020 - National Parks and Wildlife Service temporarily close Bandahngan Aboriginal Area

10th August 2020 - Minderoo Foundation funding assists research into koala recovery post-bushfires

6th August 2020 - Bushfires and Coronavirus impact Australian tourism with no imminent respite

12th July 2020 - Federal Government to provide $233 million backing for tourism in national parks

6th July 2020 - Traditional owners in Kakadu National Park call for resignation of Parks Australia executives

29th June 2020 - NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service Hunter Central Coast encourages women to join their team

27th June 2020 - NSW Government makes record land purchase to create new national park

12th May 2020 - Bushfire affected wildlife and plants to receive $150 million funding boost 

6th May 2020 - Tourism businesses in Commonwealth National Parks to receive financial relief

2nd April 2020 - WIRES and Landcare Australia partner in $1million post-bushfire wildlife habitat regeneration

1st March 2020 - Bushfire impacted Mogo Wildlife Park reopens on NSW south coast

3rd February 2020 - Gold Coast tourism suffers $40 million dip due to Coronavirus and bushfires impact

16th January 2020 - NSW National Parks announces the re-opening of some Northern Tablelands Parks

6th January 2020 - Researchers put a value on national parks’ impact on mental health

11th November 2019 - NSW declares state-wide national park closures due to extreme fire conditions

9th August 2017 - Australia’s great outdoors needs to be more accessible for nature-based tourism


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

GREENEDESK

Track. Engage. Retain GreeneDesk is a suite of cloud based software solutions helping health clubs, leisure centres and swim schools to effectively track progression, improve customer engagement and…

read more

Aquatics / Billing / Education / Fitness / Technology

 
 
 

Pricemark Pty Ltd

Pricemark supplies a wide range of custom branded membership & RFID access products for the Health & Leisure Industry. 

read more

Access

 
 

Aflex Inflatables

Aflex Inflatables are the leaders for obstacle courses, pool toys, waterparks and land-based watersides and fitness runs. They are industry leaders offering the widest range of pool, lake and beach…

read more

Aquatics / Play / Waterparks

 
 

Otium Planning Group

Otium Planning Group is a contemporary sport and leisure consultancy providing services in planning, facility development, management and funding for the sport, recreation and leisure industries…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Recreation / Sport / Venues

 
 

ProSlide Technology

ProSlide is the global leader in water ride design and manufacturing, supplying high-performance water attractions to new and expanding water parks around the world. For over three decades, ProSlide…

read more

Aquatics / Play / Waterparks

 
 

TicketSearch Pty Ltd

TicketSearch is focused on providing businesses, organisations, and venues with affordable, efficient, and powerful self-managed ticketing solutions. The organisation has offices in Australia, New…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Technology / Ticketing / Venues

 
 

BODY BIKE AUSTRALIA

BODY BIKE® International is a leading manufacturer of indoor bikes with a 20-year track record of creating the best indoor bikes. Stay connected with Body Bike Australia…

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Sport / Technology / Wellness

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business