World Heritage Dorrigo and Arakoon National Parks expanded
THE National Parks Association of NSW (NPA) has welcomed changes announced by the Minister for the Environment, Rob Stokes.
A new national park will be created and two parks in the Mid North Coast will increase in size.
One thousand hectares of land has been added to the World Heritage Dorrigo National Park with an unspecified addition for Arakoon National Park south of Macksville.
Chief executive Kevin Evans said he was pleased by the declarations.
"We commend the NSW Government on these noteworthy additions to the reserve system," he said.
"Especially after a prolonged period during which acquisitions were few and far between.
"Many of these were areas highlighted by NPA as vital for inclusion into the national park estate.
"This is another step towards achieving our vision of a fully comprehensive, adequate and representative reserve system.
"Though the acquisitions may not look as impressive as some made in the past in terms of hectares protected, we recognise that the government has selected higher-cost areas strategically to ensure maximum connectivity gains."