NSW’s National Parks are set to receive a $149.5 million investment over the next four years. The announcement was made in the 2019-20 NSW budget and the funds will help improve everything from park access to fire management, and koala habitat to recycling.
Over 54 million visitors head to NSW’s National Parks every single year. Just over $25 million of the dollarydoos will be spent on extending, upgrading and improving walking trails and other facilities for these visitors.
Minister for Environment Matt Keen said in a press release: ‘We want to ensure the 54 million visitors to our national parks each year, including people with restricted mobility, enjoy world-class experiences. This investment will help bolster the $19.5 billion that national parks contribute to the NSW economy through nature-based tourism.’
Another $17m will be spent as part of a $125.9 million strategy to upgrade and maintain the fire trail network. And a whopping $143.3 million will go to Australia’s largest waste and recycling program, the ‘Waste Less, Recycle More’ initiative.
But our favourite part?
Threatened species will be getting a boost of $65 million over the next three years with investments into the Save our Species Program and the NSW Koala strategy.
With Koala habitats being destroyed across the state and koala numbers rapidly declining, this news is sweeter than a gelato on a scorching summer’s day. Although of course, there’s always plenty more work to do and funding needed.
A further $51.3 million ($212.7 million over four years) is being provided for the Biodiversity Conservation Trust of NSW.
Feature photo by Harrison Candlin.