The National Parks Association of NSW (NPA) warmly welcomes the NSW government’s purchase of over 150,000 ha of private land for a new national park in northwest NSW.
NPA Executive Officer, Gary Dunnett stated: ‘This is a really significant, high conservation acquisition that will protect many threatened species and habitats in western NSW.
‘The new national park is located in one of the most under reserved bioregions in NSW.
‘The Bulloo River floodplain and associated ephemeral wetlands are one of western NSW’s biodiversity hotspots and this extensive national park is large enough to protect the ecosystem processes of a functioning floodplain.
‘We are excited to see that the NSW Environment Minister, Matt Kean is following through on his commitment to resume the establishment of new national parks. This wonderful acquisition follows smaller but equally welcome recent additions in the Blue Mountains and Wollemi’.
NPA remains very supportive of further opportunities to acquire high conservation value private land in Western NSW, while encouraging Minister Kean to review the opportunities for transfers from State Forests and other Crown reserves to make further progress towards a Comprehensive, Adequate and Representative reserve system for the northwest.
Media Contact: Gary Dunnett, NPA Executive Officer (02) 9299 0000