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.
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.
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.