The Hon Mark Butler MP
Minister for Climate Change
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Water
The Hon David Bradbury MP
Federal Member for Lindsay
Protection for threatened Western Sydney bushland
Joint media release
31 July 2013
The Rudd Government today announced a range of projects that will assist in the conservation of the critically endangered Cumberland Plain Woodland and protect threatened bushland in Western Sydney.
Minister for the Environment Mark Butler said this latest investment fulfils a 2010 election commitment to provide $7.5 million to help protect key sections of the Cumberland Plain Conservation Corridor.
Mr Butler said this investment secures one of the last and largest remaining areas of the critically endangered Woodland and assists local communities to increase native vegetation and protect wetland habitats.
“We are investing $4.1 million in funding to protect 54 hectares in the Mulgoa Nature Reserve, near Penrith, using an innovative Biobanking approach. Thanks to this investment, this bushland will be protected forever,” Mr Butler said.
“We’re breaking new ground to protect this important area of bushland, investing in an innovative biobanking partnership with the property’s owners and the New South Wales Government to make sure this rare habitat is cared for into the future,” Mr Butler said.
The owners of the Mulgoa biobank site will protect and manage the land for conservation in return for income from the sale of biodiversity credits. Part of the proceeds from the sale of these credits will be invested in a New South Wales Government trust fund to provide the property owners with on-going annual management payments for conservation works, including weed control.
Federal Member for Lindsay, David Bradbury, welcomed the acquisition of this local bushland and also announced $3.78 million over four years to assist local communities to increase native vegetation, build the bushland connectivity along urban waterways and restore wetland habitats across the Cumberland Plain Conservation Corridor.
“This announcement builds on Labor’s commitment to conserving Western Sydney’s great natural assets. We’ve already invested over $147 million for local environmental projects and conserved over 2,000 hectares of local bushland,” Mr Bradbury said.
In addition to the Mulgoa Nature Reserve Biobanking initiative the Government also announced two further investments involving Penrith City Council and Greening Australia to enhance the Cumberland Conservation Corridor.
“This investment will allow Penrith City Council to restore a regionally significant freshwater wetland in Cranebrook by reinstating natural flows. This project will also enhance water quality entering the Penrith Lakes.
“Greening Australia will also be undertaking work to encourage the growth of native vegetation along local waterways. This project will aim to establish approximately 25 million plants over 50 hectares.
“The Cumberland Plain Woodland is one of our community’s great natural assets and it’s important that we do everything possible to protect and conserve it, for the benefit of future generations.”
The New South Wales Government also contributed $2.26 million to support the partnership project.