NSW government doubles goal for national parks expansion after reaching target a year early

The Guardian | Oct 30, 2020 at 8:00 PM
  • The New South Wales government will double its goal to expand the state’s national parks after reaching its 200,000 hectare target nearly a year early.
  • The state’s environment minister, Matt Kean, gazetted 202,669 hectares of additional national park land on Friday, including 153,682 hectares for the new Narriearra Caryapundy Swamp national park in the state’s far north-west.
  • Kean’s announcement comes at a time when the government has been under pressure over its environmental policies, after the koala state environmental planning policy (Sepp) nearly split the Coalition.