$419m for national parks in budget

THE State Government has allocated $419 million for national parks in 2012/13, Environment Minister Robyn Parker announced on Tuesday.

Ms Parker said a key focus of the budget was improvements to visitor access in national parks.

"Our national parks currently receive around 34.6 million domestic visits each year, attract an estimated three million international visitors and attract more than 6700 volunteers," she said.

Part of a wider $1.4 billion Environment and Heritage package, the national park spend will also include $71 million for improved management of pests, weeds and bushfires.

Other key environment expenditures include $220 million for the Solar Bonus Scheme, $53 million for water and energy saving programs and $49 million for clean energy supply programs.

Another $19 million has also been allocated to help local councils with coastal, floodplain and estuary management plans.

"The NSW Environmental Trust is also providing another $2 million this year for local community groups to restore their local bushland," said Ms Parker.
 
 



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