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New national park to open in NSW

Published 4th February, 2019 in Environment, Living in NSW

A new national park will open in NSW that will ensure a vital koala wilderness area south of Sydney is preserved.

Koala sitting on a branch

The new national park in the Southern Highlands will cover nearly 3680 hectares. The new park is centered around Tugalong Station – about 25 kilometres northwest of Bowral.

The NSW Government will also provide $150 million to improve access to national parks across the state. This will include upgraded walking tracks, better visitor infrastructure and facilities, and new digital tools such as virtual tours and livestreaming cameras.

Upgrades to NSW national parks

  • $10 million upgrade to the 13.6 kilometre Grand Cliff Top Walk from Wentworth Falls to Katoomba in the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area
  • $9.9 million access upgrade to iconic lookout points to a mobility impaired access standard
  • $38.7 million for expansion of picnic areas, BBQs, water provision and facilities
  • $45 million for increased support for families and people with restricted mobility
  • $36.4 million to make walking tracks and trails safer and more accessible
  • $1 million expansion of the Think before you Trek safety program for bushwalkers and to deliver other priority safety programs like rock fishing and enhanced mobile connectivity in the parks.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said NSW boasts some of the most majestic and picturesque coastal lookouts, outback walking tracks, camping grounds and beaches in the world.

“The NSW Government wants more visitors to experience the natural beauty and wonder of our national parks,” Ms Berejiklian said.

Environment Minister 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,” Ms Upton said.

Find out more about NSW National Parks

Published 4th February, 2019 in Environment, Living in NSW
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