The National Parks Association of NSW has warmly welcomed the State Governments long awaited decision to permanently protect The Drip, an iconic sandstone formation near Mudgee by adding it to the Goulburn River National Park.

In this rare win for the NSW environment The Drip and Corner Gorge is now saved from coal mining. The hydrology of the area is still under some threat and Moolarben Coal will be required to keep an eye on this into the future.

NSW Environment Minister Rob Stokes announced today the Baird Government would add a 50-hectare parcel of bushland that includes the Drip Gorge to Goulburn River National Park.

“This is a marvellous result for the local campaign run by the Mudgee District Environment Group and the Central West Environment Council for more than a decade,” National Parks Association CEO Kevin Evans said.

“The Drip is a much-loved natural wonder of the Central West, and deserves the protection the Coalition has now delivered to the NSW community” Mr Evans said.