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13 August 2009
The Australian Government has gifted more than 24 hectares of land at Goorooyarroo to the New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service, paving the way for it to become a nature reserve.
Minister for Finance and Deregulation, Lindsay Tanner said the land which is on the NSW side of the NSW/ACT border has been transferred to the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service in line with the Rudd Government's new Commonwealth Property Disposals Policy.
“The Rudd Government introduced a revamped Commonwealth Property Disposals Policy in February this year to facilitate the release of surplus land for use in ways that are beneficial to the community,” Lindsay Tanner said.
“This land is of significant environmental importance and its transfer to the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service will ensure that it is not developed, cleared or otherwise allowed to deteriorate, and that its excellent ecological condition is appropriately managed into the future.”
Environment Minister Peter Garrett said as part of the transfer the land would be included in the National Reserve System (NRS).
“The National Reserve System is a critical system of parks of reserves that is so important in protecting native plants and animals,” Mr Garrett said.
“This land at Goorooyarro is home to a host of threatened species including the spotted-tailed quoll, the superb parrot and an endangered ecological community, the Yellow Box-Blakely's Red Gum Woodland. Its inclusion in the National Reserve System will be important to ensure the site is protected into perpetuity.
“The Rudd Government has increased by more than four times what had previously been committed to the NRS taking our investment to some $180 million over five years to increase the size of the NRS by 25 per cent by 2013,” Mr Garrett said.
Once included in the NRS, the Goorooyarroo land will be linked with nearby Mulligan's Flat Nature Reserve to develop a continuous conservation corridor of high significance.