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Media Release
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

5 November 2004

Conservation Agreements for Western Sydney Land


Negotiations are underway for conservation agreements for 1930 ha of Commonwealth land in western Sydney, the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, said today.

"The government has started negotiations to determine conservation agreements for four areas of land with high conservation values," Senator Campbell said.

"This process includes identifying areas to be conserved and the management arrangements that will apply.

"The four Commonwealth properties, three owned by the Department of Defence and one by Air Services Australia, are situated at Llandilo, Orchard Hills, Ingleburn and Holsworthy.

"They were identified, through a departmental review of 28 Commonwealth-owned sites, as having high conservation significance."

Llandilo and Orchard Hills, which are on the Register of the National Estate for their natural values, and Holsworthy and Ingleburn, listed for their cultural heritage values, represent core biodiversity areas of western Sydney that contain important remnants of vegetation communities once widespread on the Cumberland Plain.

They also contain diverse and relatively large areas of remnant vegetation that provide important habitat at the regional and national scale for native flora and fauna, and ecological communities listed as endangered under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC) 1999 and the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995.

"The review also identified threatened species and communities present on each of the 28 assessed sites which is relevant for the environmental management of the sites and for any EPBC Act assessment of actions proposed for these sites," Senator Campbell said.

"I have written to my parliamentary colleagues responsible for this land and our departments are progressing the negotiations. I will be closely following the progress of the negotiations for the conservation agreements."

The review detailing the conservation values is available at http://www.deh.gov.au/biodiversity/publications/w-sydney/

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