27 February 2023 - 400,000 hectares acquired in Australia for new national park
Bigger than Yosemite: NSW’s new park will push state’s total to 1 million hectares
Laura Chung (Sydney Morning Herald, 27/02/2023)
Under the blistering sun 250 kilometres north-west of Bourke, runs a river where – if you look close enough – you can see emu footprints in the creek bed. Just five minutes’ drive away, a dried-up creek bed snakes through the landscape while birds glide overhead. The property spans almost 437,400 hectares and is the state’s newest national park.
Massive new national park to be created in NSW
Sarah Swain (9 News, 27/02/2023)
A new national park is being created in New South Wales.
The area is in the isolated north-west corner of the state, around 900 kilometres north west of Sydney.
‘Once-in-a-lifetime’ national park acquired by NSW Government
Eli Green (News.com, 27/02/2023)
More than 400,000 hectares of outback NSW has been acquired by the state Government to establish a new national park that’s promising to be a new major tourism drawcard.
The 437,394ha site at Thurloo, 250km south of Bourke, is set to become the state’s third largest national park.
Thousands more hectares of koala habitat protected forever
(NSW Department of Planning and Environment, 27/02/2023)
Another 3,157 hectares of high-quality koala habitat has been secured for the state’s national park estate by the NSW Government, helping to further safeguard koalas in New South Wales.
Minister for Environment James Griffin said 7 more properties, spanning from near Tenterfield in the north to near Cooma in the south, have been protected in perpetuity.