Rare Species Will Be Protected in New National Park in New South Wales, Australia

Australian bustards are among the threatened species that the new park is set to help
Australian bustards are among the threatened species that the new park is set to help | © Paul Mayall Birds / Alamy Stock Photo
Josephine Platt

Commissioning Editor

The regional government in New South Wales has purchased private land for a new national park – demonstrating its commitment to protecting rare and threatened species and habitats. Culture Trip reports.

The purchase of private land in New South Wales, Australia, for a new national park represents a lifeline for at least 27 threatened species of wildlife. This includes the grey grasswren, which sees 90% of its habitat and breeding areas in the region, and other birds including the grey falcon, redthroat and Australian bustard.

An Australian bustard in flight

It is the largest purchase of private land in the state’s history – spanning 153,415ha (380,000 acres) in New South Wales‘s far northwest region of Narriearra station. Coupled with the neighbouring Sturt national park, it will make for a conversation area of 500,000ha (1.24m). This is twice the size of the Australian Capital Territory.

Neighbouring Sturt National Park, near Tibooburra, New South Wales

According to state environment minister Matt Kean, its landscapes, including wetlands and floodplains, are unique to the region and “currently not found anywhere in NSW national parks.” Caryapundy swamp is one such wetland, which hosts tens of thousands of waterbirds like pelicans and terns.

And as for its name? “The new national park has not yet been named but the government has invited the Tibooburra Local Aboriginal Land Council to suggest a name,” reports The Guardian.

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