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Joint Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
NSW Attorney General and Minister for the Environment
Bob Debus MP

16 June 2005

More land for NSW National Parks and Reserves

The Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, and NSW Environment Minister Bob Debus today announced that 60,000 hectares of land would be added to the NSW reserve system.

Senator Campbell said the Australian Government has contributed more than $18 million since 1996 to conservation through the Natural Heritage Trust National Reserve Program in NSW.

"The program aims to make sure all the state's different types of landscapes and ecosystems are protected," Senator Campbell said.

"This is a welcome partnership between two government’s that will benefit future generations of visitors to the national parks and reserve system and the environment."

Of the new reserves announced today the Australian Government had contributed $5 million and the NSW Government $3.4 million.

The new and expanded reserves across NSW, include:

"Nature based tourism is flourishing with more than 20 million visitors to national parks each year,"

Mr Debus said.

"They are home to a range of activities from camping and walking to bird watching and cross country skiing.

"We have protected a range of important cultural and historic areas including significant Aboriginal places in Arakwal near Byron Bay and the Paroo Darling in the far west.

"We have also protected 40 per cent, or 620 kilometres, of the NSW coastline in a national park or reserve.

"These new additions build on our plan to make the NSW reserve system the best in the world."

A fact sheet about the new and expanded reserves across NSW is attached.

Media contacts:
Renae Stoikos (Senator Campbell's office) 02 6277 7640 or 0418 568 434
Chris Ward (Minister Debus's office) 0414 424 654

Fact Sheet - New and Expanded Reserves across NSW

Gundabooka State Conservation Area

New reserve – 25,200 hectares (Yanda)

Narran Lake Nature Reserve

Addition – 6155 hectares

Ledknapper Nature Reserve

Addition – 14,187 hectares

Kalyarr National Park

New Reserve – 8135 hectares

Expanded reserves in the Young-Cowra area, including Koorawatha, Dananbilla, Illunie and Gungewalla Nature Reserves

Mulgoa Nature Reserve

Addition - 75 hectares

Cudgen Nature Reserve

Addition – 51 hectares

Budelah Nature Reserve

New Reserve – 4045 hectares

Towarri National Park

Addition – 448 hectares

Watchimbark Nature Reserve

New – approx. 650 hectares

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