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Baird Government Commits to Nature Reserve at Wianamatta

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Environment Minister Rob Stokes and Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres today joined Liberal candidate for Londonderry Bernard Bratusa to announce the fast-tracked creation of Wianamatta Regional Park in Western Sydney, with the transfer of over 200 hectares of land.

Mr Stokes said the agreement between the Baird Government and Lend Lease will allow the park to open five years earlier than expected. A further 450 hectares of land will be transferred once Penrith Council approves the transfer.

“This land transfer means we can get on with the job of making this a world class park for the local community through bush regeneration, weed management, hazard reduction and threatened species protection,” Mr Stokes said.

“This site was sold off by the former Labor Government, and we now want to return this land to its former glory.

“Through careful management, I expect this core part of the site will in future be gazetted as a nature reserve, recognising it as among the most intact and highest value ecosystems in NSW.”

Mr Ayres said The Baird Government is absolutely committed to the retention of emus on the former ADI site as part of the national parks estate.

“Thirteen years after Labor approved the sell-off of the former ADI site for redevelopment, the Baird Government is getting on with delivering this important new green space for Western Sydney,” Mr Ayres said.

“Wianamatta Regional Park will be 900 hectares when complete, linking Ropes Crossing in the East and Jordan Springs in the West, making it the largest Regional Park in Sydney and an area of green space four times larger than Centennial Park.

“The focus on the central core of Wianamatta will be to restore the endangered vegetation communities. The emu habitat will first be declared as Regional Park and, once rehabilitated to nature reserve status, its level of protection will be increased.

“Wiannamatta Regional Park will be a great addition to the collection of greenspace and parks that marbles its way throughout Western Sydney, giving our community more places to play and relax closer to home.

“Consultation will continue with the local Aboriginal community, focusing on the park’s rich Aboriginal heritage and providing access for traditional cultural purposes.

“A community celebration will be held in April to open the park to visitors.”

More information about Wianamatta Regional Park is available at:   www.environment.nsw.gov.au/NationalParks/

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