National park estate target doubled

More than 270,000 hectares has been added to the NSW national park estate,
smashing the State’s target to increase the footprint by 200,000 hectares by 2021.

Narriearra Caryapundy Swamp National Park

Environment Minister Matt Kean said the new additions – totaling 202,669 hectares –
are the largest increase to national parks in a single day since 2005.

“Permanently reserving national parks is the cornerstone of biodiversity conservation
in NSW,” Mr Kean said.

“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.”

Some of the latest additions, formally reserved on Friday, include:

  • Narriearra Caryapundy Swamp National Park – 153,682 hectares
  • Capertee National Park addition – 1057 hectares
  • Maria National Park addition – 66 hectares
  • Mungo National Park addition (TSR) – 7074 hectares
  • Sturt National Park addition (TSR) – 17,479 heactares

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 State’s 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
Sevice.

“We have worked closely with the local community, farmers and stakeholder groups
to reserve these unused connective links across eight national parks in the State’s
west and ensure the natural and cultural values they contain will be protected in
perpetuity,” Mr Kean said.

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