New South Wales Newest National Park To Cover Around 3,680 Ha

New South Wales Newest National Park To Cover Around 3,680 Ha

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian

New South Wales Minister for Environment Gabrielle Upton

A New National Park For New South Wales

Victor P Taffa

Premier Gladys Berejiklian has today announced a new national park for New South Wales providing another significant boost for the State’s koala population along with a major new package that will improve access to existing national parks.

New South Wales newest national park will cover around 3,680 ha in the north of Goulburn electorate, bordering Wollondilly. The new park is centered around Tugalong Station about 25 km northwest of Bowral.

“New South Wales Liberals & Nationals have been careful custodians of the State’s national parks and I am thrilled to be able to unveil a new one today.” Premier Berejiklian said.

“This new national park will ensure that a vital koala wilderness area south of Sydney is preserved. Like all national parks, it will be open to the public so they can explore the wilderness country.”

Premier Berejiklian also announced a $150 Million investment to improve access to national parks across New South Wales funding made possible due to the strong economic management of the New South Wales Liberals & Nationals.

“This includes major upgrade works in places like Sydney’s Royal National Park and in the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, making it easier for people to enjoy our wonderful natural beauty.” Premier Berejiklian said.

Minister for Environment Gabrielle Upton said the new national park contains some of the Southern Highlands’ best koala habitat.

“Koalas are an iconic species and we are acting to ensure their survival.” Minister Upton said.

“New national park will not only add to the State’s conservation lands, it is yet another example of how the New South Wales Government is moving to protect and preserve the koala population.”

State Government’s $150 Million investment to improve access to existing national parks includes upgraded walking tracks, better visitor infrastructure and facilities and new digital tools such as virtual tours and livestreaming cameras.

This will include:

  • More access significant upgrade to the 13.6 km Grand Cliff Top Walk from Wentworth Falls to Katoomba in the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area ($10 Million). Also, upgrading access to iconic lookout points to a mobility impaired access standard ($9.9 Million);
  • Improved park visitor infrastructure and facilities expansion of picnic areas, BBQ’s, water provision, facilities ($38.7 Million) and increased support for families and people with restricted mobility ($45 Million). This will include upgraded picnic facilities and the walking tracks at Audley Weir, in the Royal National Park.
  • Safe access Investment in making our extensive network of walking tracks and trails safer and more accessible ($36.4 Million); expansion of the ‘Think before you Trek’ safety program for bushwalkers and work with other agencies to deliver other priority safety programs like rock fishing and enhanced mobile connectivity in the parks ($1 million).

NSW Minister for Environment Gabrielle Upton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“New South Wales boasts some of the most majestic and picturesque coastal lookouts, outback walking tracks, camping grounds and beaches in the world and we want more visitors to experience the natural beauty and wonder of our national parks.” Premier Berejiklian said.

“As well as international and interstate tourists, we want to make it easier for families to get out there and discover the natural beauty our State.” Minister Upton said.