New England Park turns 75
THE World Heritage-Listed New England National Park at Point Lookout is celebrating a significant anniversary.
One of the first and largest parks in the State, New England also attracts 80,000 visitors a year.
“Today marks 75 years since this World Heritage listed national park was created in 1935,” said Minister for Climate Change and the Environment, Frank Sartor.
“The park’s history is testimony to the dedication of several influential community members, notably Philip A Wright of Wallamumbi Station and his son, Peter.
“They were deeply impressed by the beauty of Point Lookout and recognised the value of the area as a sanctuary for plants and animals.”
The park is home to 500 species of plants, from ancient Antarctic beech trees to giant mosses and luxuriant subtropical rainforests.
“The protection of this significant environment has been supported by the many committed locals who have served on the trust and advisory committees that managed New England National Park,” added Mr Sartor.
“Today we celebrate their achievements in protecting this special place not only for public enjoyment but to protect the special ecosystems and habitats within.”
New England National Park protects the highest section of the Great Eastern Escarpment in northern NSW, ranging in altitude from 100 metres to 1563 metres above sea level.
The park was placed on the World Heritage List in 1986 in recognition of its outstanding universal value to science and conservation.
Member for Northern Tablelands, Richard Torbay, said it is one of 50 reserves that make up the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage area.