Protecting Wilderness and National Parks

Conservation group welcomes additions to the park estate

“The three reserve gazettals today are all good dedications, each in a different way, but all contribute to an improved conservation outcome for NSW,” Keith Muir director of the Colong Foundation for Wilderness said.

“The largest reservation, Warrambool State Conservation Area, adds to a poorly reserved landscape known as the Darling River Plains Bioregion, which was almost unprotected before today’s reservation.  We congratulate Environment Minister, Robyn Parker, for this 12,298 hectare addition to the reserve estate,” Mr Muir said.

“The Ukerbarley State Conservation Area is a key link in a necklace of reserves between the much loved Warrumbungle National Park and the Pilliga Nature Reserve.  The reserve has high conservation value.  Its rich soils support rare box gum woodlands.  The new reserve could still be mined for coal seam gas, however, so the 465 hectare reserve is as not secure from potential damage as the nature reserve it adjoins, but it is a good step in the right direction”, said Mr Muir.

“The addition to Kanangra-Boyd Wilderness declaration joining and below the popular Six Foot Track secures a part of the rich forested headwaters to the Jenolan River that were before 2009 destined to be logged,” he said.

“While this Six Foot Track section of the wilderness is now safe, the Colong Foundation has received reports of unauthorised track clearing along the Jenolan River which we are currently investigating.  As Minister Parker has said on many occasions, reservation of a park is not the end of the story, these areas have to be protected and properly managed for nature so that future generations can enjoy them”, Mr Muir said. 

“Well done those involved in the Office of Environment and Heritage and in the Environment Minister’s Office for the two new reserves, and the wilderness addition”, said Mr Muir.

For more information contact: Keith Muir, (02) 9261 2400 (wk) or 0412 791 404 (mob)