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NSW Government to boost Koala population and improve national park access
With an aim to halt the decline in its koala population, the NSW Government has announced the creation of a new national park, along with a major new package that will improve access to existing national parks.
The NSW's newest national park will cover around 3680 hectares to the north of Goulburn an dbordering Wollondilly. The new park is centered around Tugalong Station – about 25 kilometres northwest of Bowral.
Announcing the new national park, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian stated "this new national park will ensure that a vital koala wilderness area south of Sydney is preserved. Like all national parks, it will be open to the public so they can explore the wilderness country."
NSW Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton said the new national park contains some of the Southern Highlands' best koala habitat, adding "koalas are an iconic species and we are acting to ensure their survival."
A $150 million investment to improve access to national parks across NSW, also announced by Premier Berejiklian includes major upgrade works in Sydney's Royal National Park and in the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.
Advising that the package would make it "easier for people to enjoy our wonderful natural beauty," Premier Berejiklian concluded "NSW boasts some of the most majestic and picturesque coastal lookouts, outback walking tracks, camping grounds and beaches in the world and we want more visitors to experience the natural beauty and wonder of our national parks."
The NSW Government's $150 million investment to improve access to existing national parks includes upgraded walking tracks, better visitor infrastructure and facilities and new digital tools such as virtual tours and livestreaming cameras.
This will include:
• More access – significant upgrade to the 13.6 kilometre Grand Cliff Top Walk from Wentworth Falls to Katoomba in the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area ($10 million). Also, upgrading access to famed lookout points to a mobility impaired access standard ($9.9 million).
• Improved park visitor infrastructure and facilities – expansion of picnic areas, BBQs, water provision, facilities ($38.7 million) and increased support for families and people with restricted mobility ($45 million). This will include upgraded picnic facilities and the walking tracks at Audley Weir, in the Royal National Park.
• Safe access – Investment in making the extensive network of walking tracks and trails safer and more accessible ($36.4 million); expansion of the 'Think before you Trek' safety program for bushwalkers and work with other agencies to deliver other priority safety programs like rock fishing and enhanced mobile connectivity in the parks ($1 million).
11th December 2018 - Improved mapping leads to better outcomes for koala habitat
23rd October 2018 - 4,500 hectares added to NSW national parks estate
7th September 2018 - Land clearance to cause Koala extinction in NSW by 2050
18th July 2018 - Gold Coast City Council looks to boost local koala habitat
7th July 2018 - Australian Reptile Park welcomes record koala breeding season
17th April 2018 - Bilbies return to NSW National Parks after near 100-year extinction
19th October 2017 - NSW National Parks’ 50th anniversary overshadowed by potential staffing cuts
6th March 2017 - NSW Government encourages regional tourism growth
14th February 2017 - Dreamworld backs koala conservation with new breeding program
26th June 2015 - NSW koala conservation area threatened with logging
5th August 2014 - Upgrade for Blue Mountains Botanic Garden’s World Heritage Centre
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